We still have not heard from Paul (5 days without phone calls). We are wondering if the prison's norms have been disrupted due to the chief warden, Vladimir Denisov, being arrested on bribery charges.
Press release from Mordovia Investigative Committee:
Novaya Gazeta coverage
Anti-Corruption reports of IK-17 (and other FSIN) senior staff
It is hardly surprising that a prison led by an allegedly corrupt chief warden allows rules violations and theft within its walls. We hope Denisov's arrest will improve Paul's condition at the labor colony. Even more, we hope that this sign of illegal activity by Russian authorities will speed any US activity to gain Paul's release.