Russia: legal and prison systems

Information on legal and detention systems, in Russia, for British nationals abroad.



This guidance explains how to:

  • arrange visits
  • send money to a prisoner
  • apply for a transfer to a UK prison

This information is not meant to be definitive, and is not a substitute for independent legal advice. Neither Her Majesty’s Government nor its staff take any responsibility for the accuracy of the information, nor accept liability for any loss, costs, damage, or expense that you might suffer as a result of relying on the information. The information contained in this guide is general and factual. You should contact local lawyers for independent legal advice (see Annex 2).

Published 15 March 2013
Last updated 15 June 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated on 15 June 2022

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