Convicts Labor Could Bring Up to 16 Billion Rubles a Year to the Russian Budget


Budget revenues from attracting convicts to paid work can amount to 15.2 billion rubles in 2021, 15.8 billion rubles in 2022, 15.9 billion rubles in 2023, and 2024 – 16.2 billion rubles, noted in the explanatory note to the draft federal budget for 2022-2024, Russian media reported.

Meanwhile, the head of the department of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for organizing the execution of punishments not related to isolation from society, Elena Korobkova, noted in an interview with TASS that the FSIN intends to create up to 15 thousand jobs for citizens sentenced to forced labor by the end of the year.

Almost 12 thousand people served a new sentence in the form of forced labor last year, who paid 80 million rubles. (from 5% to 20% of the salary, depending on the court verdict) to the state revenue.

The head of the Federal Penitentiary Service, Alexander Kalashnikov, proposed to open correctional centers at large construction sites for convicts who have the right to forced labor.

Often, such construction sites do not have enough labor or labor migrants work, the number of which has significantly decreased during the coronavirus pandemic.

In turn, the Investigative Committee of Russia (TFR) supported Kalashnikov’s proposal to more actively use convicts instead of migrants.