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In prison playing sports is completely legal. It is believed that with their help, prisoners throw out accumulated negativity and aggression, socialize, are distracted from the gloomy prison life and even go to correction. Sports competitions are held between different prisons; professional athletes often visit colonies. The film "Bonebreaker" with Vinnie Jones in the title role is dedicated to prison football.
A pupil of the school "Zenith" Maxim Molokoedov was caught transporting cocaine and ended up in a Chilean prison.
“As soon as there was free time, we disappeared on the football field,” said Molokoedov. “There were various prison competitions. In one of these tournaments, our team took first place, we showed very good football.” Once the prisoners were visited by the head coach of the Chilean national team, Claudio Borgi. Molokoedov even signed a contract with the club of the second Chilean league Santiago Morning.
The agreement stipulated that in the evenings Maxim would return to prison.
The founder of "Spartak" Nikolai Starostin during his stay in the camps managed to work not only at logging, but also as a massage therapist in medical units, and most importantly - as a trainer. As Nicholas wrote in the book "The Spring of the Patriarch", in Ukhtlag he was "torn out" by General Burdakov, who "did not cherish the soul in football." It was in Ukhta that Starostin, in fact, began his coaching career. "Prisoners were strictly taken into account by specialty .
.. Is it, I thought, there is also a category of sports trainers?" - Starostin recalled.
In the book Stars of the Big Football, Nikolai recounted the incident in Burdakov’s office. The general reprimanded the engineer of the local power station, who missed the training: "He is not allowed to do things! He has a lot to do! But Lavrenty Pavlovich [Beria] is allowed to go to football.
" Later, Starostin “lured” Colonel General Goglidze from Burdakov to Khabarovsk, taking advantage of his friendship with Beria. At the same time, Goglidze did not dare to appoint Starostin to the Khabarovsk Dynamo (there were also two Spartak football players who served in the Far East in the army) and sent him to Amurlag, to his friend General Petrenko. So Starostin began to train in Komsomolsk-on-Amur - of course, also Dynamo.
Football provided Starostin with the location of the prisoners: "An unspoken agreement was passed from stage to stage in some way incomprehensible to me:" Do not touch Starostin. " Even seasoned criminals threw playing cards when Nikolai told football stories.
And many seemed familiar to Starostin football players - just to get to him “in training”. After his release, Nikolai Petrovich headed the sports society "Spartak".
Eduard Streltsov // Photo: Victor Evstigneev
The fate of another legend of Soviet football, Eduard Streltsov, did not work out so well. Accused of rape, he spent seven years in the camps, during which he worked in a sawmill and in a library.Little is known about his sports activities in those places.
In letters to his mother, Sofya Frolovna Streltsov wrote: "I began to do exercises every morning, to pour cold water, in general, I slowly begin to prepare for freedom." In freedom, Streltsov became the champion of the USSR as part of the Torpedo and returned to the national team.
Professional athletes in prison are not always respectful. For example, the unlucky Manchester United players - Dane Mads Timm and Englishman Callum Flanagan - who were imprisoned for drunk driving, were transferred to another prison from sin. "Are we in danger here?" asked Timm and Flanagan.
“You are footballers. It’s a matter of time to beat you up,” the overseer replied.
SIZO “Kresty” // Photo: kresty. ru
Most modern Russian pre-trial detention centers, at least in Moscow, are equipped with gyms with exercise equipment, mats and balls. You can also engage in physical activity in prison courtyards.
Classes there are paid - about 200 rubles per hour. Applications for classes, as they say in the FSIN, a lot.
Businessman Nikolai Zemlyanukhin, accused of stealing loans, complained to a Moskovsky Komsomolets correspondent: “It’s very difficult to get to the gym at Butyrka. In six months I managed to do this only twice. When I saw him, I didn’t understand right away that he is .
.. you were there? This is a tiny room with partitions and very primitive simulators. " As an example, Butyrke Zemlyanukhin puts Harlem prison (detained him at Amsterdam airport). In the Dutch prison "basketball and volleyball competitions" were held once a week, as well as yoga classes.
SIZO-2 in Kuibyshev // Photo: 54. fsin. su
Oleg Navalny, convicted in the Yves Rocher case, was serving a term in a penal colony in the Oryol Region. There, Navalny received penalties "for doing exercises in a T-shirt, not a jacket" and still managed to play sports three times a day: "he squeezed out, squatted, lifted a 20-kg tank for drinking water." According to Navalny, there are sports camps in the colonies - there, “pitching” readily teach “skinny suffocates” to work on simulators.
You can work with your own weight: "Push-ups, pull-ups, squats and pumping the press will make you an athlete with the ability to do push-ups on one arm from a headstand 50 times in a row in just a couple of years of voluntary training."
One of the authors of the BodyMania video blog on YouTube (almost two million subscribers), bodybuilder Dmitry Prokhorov, also came to a conclusion. He pulled himself up in the walking yards, and between the shkonki, and even in the mini-rocking chairs that some of the camps were equipped with: “When they were closed for 15-18 days in a pre-trial detention center, the body asked for loads. It was only necessary to push up on the floor and bunks squat with someone on their shoulders. " “If there was no rocking, I did it,” adds Prokhorov.
Staying in shape was not a problem for Dmitry, and when he was transported to Vorkuta, there was a “wash” (industrial zone of the colony) with lathes at the camp.
In one of the camps, the bodybuilder himself made a barbell, where tractor wheels were used instead of disks - they were "brought on a horse" into the room. “Before that, I hadn’t seen any of the guys doing it,” recalls Prokhorov. “They ran to football, played. When I built it, everyone started to do it.
Someone even began to tighten the protein with amino acids in the premises.” The overseer, an "authoritative man from Balashikha," taught Prokhorov boxing, and Dmitry taught him a piece of iron.