Women Prisoners, Sociology of Imprisonment, Geography of Imprisonment, Russian Penal System, Russian Federal Penal Service
In 2005 Judith Pallot, a geographer from Oxford whose recent research, undertaken with a fellow geographer from the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, had focused on the fate of the private plot in post-Soviet Russia, embarked on a collaborative project of a different and more ambitious kind. The aim was to look at issues relating to women’s imprisonment within the context of “Russia’s inherited penal geography.”The result is two books on a little-explored subject, which complement each other so well that the reader will benefit hugely by reading them both—together. I would advise Pallot-Piacentini first, then Omelchenko. But these books are worth being read by a far wider audience than those with an interest in penology or gender issues.