Notorious Moscow prison, once home to Solzhenitsyn, to close

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Jail dating back to reign of Catherine the Great to shut its doors for the last time

One of Russia’s most notorious prisons, which over the years has housed inmates including Adolf Hitler’s nephew and the writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, will soon be closed, according to a top prison official.

Butyrka, an imposing red-brick jail in central Moscow, now functions as a pre-trial detention centre that houses about 2,000 inmates. The whistleblowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky spent almost a year in the prison before he died in 2009.

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