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Man jailed for 22 years escapes prison on day of his release

By T.K. Randall
September 22, 2023 · Comment icon 18 comments

Could this be the world's most pointless prison escape ? Image Credit: Pixabay / geralt
One inmate seemingly couldn't wait a few more hours to be released and decided to go on the run instead.
According to reports, the prisoner - a Russian man who had been jailed for more than two decades for a long list of crimes ranging from double murder to possession of weapons and explosives - disappeared from the IK-19 penal colony in Markova just hours before he was due for release.

Local authorities reported that he had gone missing at around 4am in the morning - something not particularly unusual given that the facility is actually quite open, enabling inmates to move around freely so long as they don't disappear for more than 3 days at a time.
Failure to check in after that time, however, will result in an additional 4 years in prison.

This is now the fate that will await this particular prisoner should the authorities catch up to him.

Exactly why he decided to go on the run rather than to wait for the formalities of his impending release remains unclear.

Source: Oddity Central | Comments (18)

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Comment icon #9 Posted by dragon1440 2 months ago
I wonder if another prisoner figured it was his last to kill the guy and shanked him. And that is why he is AWOL not because he ran.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Nicolette 2 months ago
I keep laughing because this is my jerk x husbands name but now im wondering... what is a tory?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Cho Jinn 2 months ago
It is a term for one supporting the main "conservative" political party in the UK, somewhat like calling someone a Republican.
Comment icon #12 Posted by pellinore 2 months ago
@Cho Jinn I was trying (unsuccessfully) to make an ironic comment on the Russian penal code. The last sentence of the article says that after 22 years he was going to be released on parole and sent to forced labour (probably to be worked to death). I don't blame him for doing a runner, I imagine 22 years in a Russian prison was hard enough time for anyone.
Comment icon #13 Posted by fred_mc 2 months ago
In Sweden, where I live, it is strangely enough not illegal to escape from prison.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Roshman 2 months ago
Maybe he is in a serious problem. The penal colony allows prisoners up to 3 days absence without checking in.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Roshman 2 months ago
Maybe he assumed he did not have to check-in since it was his last day.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Abramelin 2 months ago
I assume you meant to say, "it was his last CHANCE to kill the guy and shanked him" In that case I'd say thàt is the most sensible reason to escape from prison just when you're about to get released.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Antigonos 2 months ago
To add to Cho’s answer, the Whigs are their opposite in government.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Cho Jinn 2 months ago
Sorry, I missed it.  Long week.

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