Russia will use prisoners’ labor in high tech


Russia State Corporation Rostekh, which is involved in “modernization of industry” and the creation of high-tech industries in Russia, will start using the labor of prisoners.

As reported by Kommersant, Rostekh and the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) are about to sign an agreement on the supply of prisoners to Rostekh enterprises.

Rostekh confirmed that the agreement exists, and is currently being “working out”. According to a representative of the company, there is nothing surprising in that the state corporation intends to use the work of convicts.

The representative assured that there is plenty of work: Rostekh includes 14 holdings and more than 700 enterprises in dozens of industries. He clarified that the work of the prisoners will not be used “in the production of arms, military and special equipment, and in secret production”.

“This practice will allow prisoners to acquire a wider range of skills and competencies that will increase their chances for successful socialization after they are released,” a Rostekh representative said.

Last November deputy prime minister Olga Golodets said that the government was considering the possibility of sending convicts to state-owned companies, and a corresponding bill has been prepared and discussed.

This new type of punishment will be an alternative to imprisonment for a period from 2 months to 5 years.