Over the weekend, 65 prisoners in Russia’s Southern Irkutsk Region prison simultaneously slit their wrists and gored their stomachs in protest after being threatened with a group transfer to СИЗО-1, a type of central isolator alike to the one Voina artist Oleg Vorotnikov is awaiting trial for a protest action.

More like pens than penitentiaries, these places are known for lawlessness and brutality.

The prisoners — all Tuvans — have also told Svetcha newspaper about frequent beatings and torture and believe their “special” treatment from an unstable chief warden to be racially motivated. They were all provided some sort of medical care.