In July 1, 2017, there were 29,397 foreign nationals in custody in Russian prisons, of which 97 nationals of EU countries, 12 US nationals. Among the CIS countries, the most numerous being Tajiks (8002), Uzbeks (6362), Ukrainians (4761) and Azerbaijanis (2350).
The chairman of the Inter-regional Uzbek community – Vatandosh, Usman Baratov acknowledges that Uzbek nationals quite often commit crimes in Russia. However, in his opinion, many Uzbeks are imprisoned on false accusations.
"Some of them get defamed, he said. - I'm just going to Istra, where five Uzbek nationals were recently imprisoned for alleged rape of an elderly homeless alcoholic woman of 62 years of age. She begged them for money for vodka, and when they refused, she threatened to report about rape. "
As of July 1, 2017, among 618,490 people in custody, there are 48 385 women and 1594 minors. In general, the number of prisoners has fallen, as alternative measures of restraint are increasingly being used instead of criminal punishment.