'In Exile Imprisonment' in Russia

Laura Piacentini, Judith Pallot

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This article considers the geographical dispersal of prisoners in Russia. The concept of ‘in exile imprisonment’ is developed to delineate an exceptional penal terrain. The authors examine the historical ‘traces’ of exile in Russian penal culture and argue that the persistence of ‘in exile imprisonment’ does not fit easily into official narratives about the development of penality in that country. The culture of ‘in exile imprisonment’ continues to impose limits on prison reform in Russia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-37
Number of pages17
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Issue number1
Early online date1 Nov 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Russia
  • culture
  • prisons
  • exile

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