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Russian Prison to Install Sunbeds for Inmates, Says Report

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Russian Prison to Install Sunbeds for Inmates, Says Report
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NEW YORK (CBS) Butyrka prison, reportedly Russia's largest and most notorious detention center, is installing sunbeds and other medical equipment to improve the health of its inmates.

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According to Reuters, the 19th century prison-fortress, located in central Moscow, is under renovation after Russia's prison system was scrutinized following the 2009 death of Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who had been jailed at Butyrka.

"We are developing additional medical services," warden Sergei Telyatnikov told Russian radio station Vesti, "even sunbeds will be put in place."

Telyatnikov said inmates will also be allowed to use Skype internet phone and video conferencing software to contact relatives.

Reuters reports that the official also mentioned that Butyrka inmates could have access to other spa treatments, such as mud baths, in the future.