Muslims Now Form Almost a Third of Inmates in Russian Penal System
September 22 -- Muslims now form 30 percent of all inmates in the Russian penal
system, a figure that is more than twice their share in the population of the
Russian Federation (according to official estimates) and one that has been
growing rapidly in recent years, according to new statistics featured on the Tolkovatel portal.
to researchers at the federal penal agency, “the increase in the share of
Muslim convicts potentially increases the possibility of conflicts among the
incarcerated on a religious and ethnic basis.”
figures that Tolkovatel has assembled
show that Russian prisoners are less educated, poorer, more rural and disproportionately
and increasingly older than the share of such groups in the population as a
whole might suggest.