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Despite the fact that this year was difficult for everyone and made some amendments to our plans, no one will cancel the holiday on the occasion of its end. Ahead of us are the long-awaited Christmas holidays and places of imprisonment – no exception.

In correctional facilities, almost everything is the same as at large: Olivier and tangerines, Soviet films and snow figures, contests and gifts. There is a place for creativity.

Taking into account the restrictive measures introduced in institutions due to the threat of the spread of the coronavirus, the convicts are preparing video cards for their relatives and making video calls to their homes. For young mothers who are in correctional colonies and cannot see their young children, the staff organized a video recording of a festive concert with the participation of mothers and congratulations for the children. Because of the impossibility of holding cultural events, the convicts are also recording their own television program, which will be shown on cable television in the colony on December 31. It happens in the following way: each of the program participants shoots his own video, as a result, all the footage is edited into one concert.

In addition, all convicts will be able to watch the traditional New Year’s greetings from the President of Russia on TV. On December 31, the time of lights out and wake up the next morning is determined by the heads of the colonies, but according to tradition, convicts are allowed to lie down later than usual and see the President’s congratulations. Convicts watch the President’s address in the rest rooms, which does not interfere with the sleep of others. In all institutions, during the holidays, viewing of New Year’s programs and feature films will also be organized.

Of course, the convicts will have a festive table. This year, the festive menu will include mashed potatoes with herring under a fur coat, cutlets, vegetable casserole, stew, vinaigrette, Olivier salad, goulash with buckwheat, fried chicken, pilaf, roast and various vegetable salads, pastries – pies, baskets with cream and profiteroles. And in departmental stores operating in restricted areas, you can order dishes to your taste. Custom orders have become common practice.

The convicts themselves also cook for the festive table. Tangerines, apples, pears, persimmons, chocolates, cake cakes, sausages and much more are already being delivered to shops on the territory of institutions for them. According to a survey of convicts, various salads (mimosa, Greek salad, Roman salad, etc.), various snacks and slices, cakes and pizza are expected at the festive tables.

A feature of all holidays in correctional institutions is the participation of convicts in charity. For the New Year, they make Christmas tree decorations, garlands, soft toys, knit warm clothes and make other gifts for orphans and disabled children. For example, in Kirovo-Chepetskaya IK-11 convicts this year make tubing as a gift to pupils of the temporary stay center for children and adolescents left without parental care in the city of Kirovo-Chepetsk and children of the Kirovsky orphanage “Nadezhda”.

According to the established tradition, the territories of the institutions will be decorated with snow towns with ice figures and Christmas trees decorated with garlands and toys of our own production. Since 2021 is the Year of the Ox, one of the most popular snow sculptures will undoubtedly be the Bull. There are also plans to make an ice Christmas tree, smeshariki, Santa Claus and Snegurochka.

Press bureau of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia

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