These photos don’t really conform to the mental images I have of a Siberian prison, but it’s not paradise either.

Life In A Siberian Prison

A general view shows one of the sectors of a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk May 10, 2013. High-security male prison camp number 5 is intended to house male inmates who have multiple convictions for serious crimes. Prisoners at the facility work in wood and metal processing shops, manufacture furniture, sew clothes and do other kinds of work. They can also take part in educational, sport and cultural programs. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

Inmates walk inside an enclosure at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

An inmate walks at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

Inmates walk at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

Inmates stand in formation before walking inside a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

Inmates walk past a poster that reads: 'Help Children' at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

An employee and inmates load wooden toilets onto a truck at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

Inmates straighten old iron wire for metal work at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

Inmates work in a metal processing shop at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

An officer searches an inmate at a control point between work and residential zones at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

A security officer stands next to an inmate serving dinner to prisoners, inside a zone where especially strict conditions are imposed at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

An inmate serves prisoners dinner inside a zone where especially strict conditions are imposed at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

An inmate works inside a bath and laundry building at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

An inmate leaves a bath and laundry building at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

An inmate washes his hands at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

Inmates stand in line for dinner at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

An inmate receives a portion of food while others stand in line at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

Inmates watch TV inside a temporary cell for recently arrived prisoners at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

Inmates stand inside a temporary cell for recently arrived prisoners at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

An inmate gathers his possessions inside a temporary cell for recently arrived prisoners at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

An officer enters a zone where especially strict conditions are imposed inside a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

An Orthodox priest leads the Easter service during the week after Orthodox Easter, as he stands among inmates inside an Orthodox church at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

An Orthodox priest and an inmate stand in front of an Orthodox church at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

Inmate Boris Kovalyov walks at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

Inmate Boris Kovalyov makes a bed in sleeping quarters at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

Inmate Boris Kovalyov, 32, plays an accordion as he prepares for an inter-prison talent contest at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

Inmate Boris Kovalyov, 32, stands inside a cell as he receives a letter from his wife at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

Inmate Boris Kovalyov, 32, walks through a door during his discharge procedure at a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Life In A Siberian Prison

Former inmate Boris Kovalyov, 32, talks to his wife Galina and a relative after being released outside a high-security male prison camp outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS

Jun 21, 2013