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Parisian prison la Santé.
22 Of february 2012


Parisian prison la Santé.


Civilized Europe also can " brag" of the cruel prison - La Sante, only, is situated in Paris, by the way, in the capital.

As a result prisoners are in such state, that ready to swallow rat poison, fight a head at a wall, there are forks only to stop the stay there, doing away with life. If in 1999 in all California did away with itself 24 men from 160 thousand prisoners, then 124 men appeared in French clink of suicides. About horrors of La Sante in a flow 7 told in the diaries of Veronika Vassere being there as a main doctor.

In clink chambers are overcrowded, souls it is settled to accept more not often two one time per a week, foods of subzero quality. All of it generates the invasion of lice and skin diseases. There are here so many rats, that prisoners force to suspend the things to ceiling.

One of the eldest French prisons of La Sante was open in 1867. Her architect was Emile Vaudremer. At the beginning of the Second Empire, in France 45 prisons were counted by a general capaciousness in 15 thousand chambers, and 15 other in the process of building. The minister for economy of Napoleon III Persine for an economy recommended departments no longer to build prisons of chamber type. Санте was built actually despite this order. New prison got the form of trapezoid and had 1400 chambers.

At that time France and USA occupied front-rank positions on prison business, moving up farther than all in the decision of problem of total control pastime of prisoner. This type of prison isolation was then named "Pennsylvanian", because came from principle of the centralized watching criminals, here the location of chambers had a radial form. 

For history of prison her walls were visited by quite a bit possessors of the famous names, including Paul Verlene and Giem Apolinnere. In addition, there, in obedience to the libretto of musical "Cathedral of parisian Mother" of God, there was Esmeralda(that, indeed, in any way does not comport with the original source of Gugeau). Exactly there life imprisonment departs the known international terrorist Carlos. The son of president-socialist Jan met Christmas in one of lone persons - Kristof Mitterrand.

In "VIP-zona" of prison some time " the Russian businessman had" a rest Gave life, that is accused of organization of encroaching upon the Kemerovo governor Aman Tuleev. Four months the former employee of British counter-intelligence David Cheyler conducted there.

In 2001 as a book a diary, that during seven years of stay Veronika Vassere, causing giant scandal, conducted on the post of главврача of one of parisian prisons, was published. Vasere was so not able to get used to that the basic task of prison office workers is non-admission of theft from the side of prisoners of poison for rats, forks and means for de-rusting. But exactly through similar " instruments" only for 1999 in clink 124 prisoners were finished life by suicide.

Public resonance that was caused by the publication of diary compelled to confess the minister of justice of France Elizabet Gues, that "position in most prisons unworthily such country, as our". Horror and indignation of Vasser caused the overcrowded(sometimes containing аж on four prisoners) chambers, possibility to take a shower more not often two one time per a week, humiliating attitude toward prisoners and their visitors from the side of prison office workers.

It is wild to hear that in parisian clink of rat are so widespread phenomenon, that prisoners even have to hold belonging in the paper bags suspended to ceiling, to protect them from omnivorous rodents.

Veronika Vasere was to practise as early as one not quite usual employment - skin pathology appearing once at a few ten of prisoners nonplused her by the etiology. Too seemed unbelievable to her circumstance that she sees a disease that did not meet to most doctors of France after completion of the second world war and that is caused by the use in food of rotten foods personally.

After the publication of diary of Vaser in prison first it admits the group of journalists. The aim of this двухчасовой excursion was to convince the visitors of that Vasere some exaggerated and fully ignored positive changes that happened in this clink in latter days. For example, causing of new paint on the walls of chambers, that were saturated with blood of prisoners depriving itself to life as a result of the hours-long beating a head at a wall.

Actually Vasere only described that saw own eyes. For example, history of prisoner that for her on eyes offered resistance to the guards, and in two weeks entered to her infirmary in the extremely water-free state. Вероника supposes that осатаневшие guards simply recovered access of water to him in a chamber. And proofs of raping of 21-years-old fellow that was chambered to two incorrigible recidivists with the sharp form of AIDS, it is not too for her. Indeed, this fellow has AIDS now.

Alan Jegeau, manager by this prison, extremely indignant at the published diary. Acknowledges though, that there really are cases of violence and mockeries in jurisdiction to him establishment.



 Central included in prison la Santé.


Quite another impressions remained from prison at Mihail Jivilo. From his interview to the newspaper " Lists" 17.05.01 on an exit from prison:

- to Describe my stay in French clink unsimply. I saw that there are people in Russian prisons. Here they live valuably. All necessary terms are created, beginning from the French kitchen taking into account religious limitations, television in a chamber with 10 channels("Eurosport" is), possibilities to write any press and ending possibility to visit different courses - a language, computer and т. of п. And, certainly, of visit native.

One Russian, that here got first, but was in other French prisons, marked with grief, that his one-room apartment, where he lives with a wife and two children, had less comforts, than present chamber.

I do not embellish local prison life, but terms really human. And however prison is prison, and it is felt on the mood of many local old-timers. Two words about relations between " holiday-makers" in this "Palace of health". In our presentation prison is this violence. Here - there is not the least hint. Relations fully friendly, even if you do not know French. It was permitted me on short appointments with family members and, certainly, unlimited access to my advocates.

On June, 7, 2001 demonstration of prison supervisors of Санте passed in Paris. Policemen applied tear gas and clubs for the acceleration of a few ten of office workers requiring to improve the terms of labour. They tipped over garbage tanks and burned motor-car overlays, and entered into a fight with an attacking police. 


on December, 26, 2000 from la Santé a serial killer made an effort run. 38-years-old Gui Gorge, that expected a court on a charge of seven raping and murders, accomplished in Paris between 1991 and 1997 for years, made an effort run from prison together with two other prisoners. Prisoners that was contained in lone chambers-persons перепилили grates on the windows of the chambers and tried to get out from building, but first, who appeared in the court of prison, was grasped by a guard. Remaining two, one of that was Gui Жорж, did not have time even to get out.

Prisoners were again placed in chambers under an increase guard.

on Augusts, 22, 2002 from prison it was succeeded to hurry to the basque terrorist from organization ETA Ismail Berasetegy Escudero. Thus he did not a single flounce, simply got up, said goodbye to the guard in the corridor of hall of appointments and left to continue the business, and instead of him in a chamber returned while away time in the company of prominent prisoners his cadet as like as two peas look like Ismail.

Supervisors knew about the fact of substitution only in five days and hammered in an alarm. And that, about a forgery a cadet told honestly. Why administration of prison did not notice a substitution in the moment of meeting of two brothers, remains only to guess. By the way, from 1983 of apartment for appointments in clink la Santé are rooms measuring 4 on 2 meters, without a dividing partition between a prisoner and visitor, and meeting pass without guards.

Control is conducted in a corridor, prisoners are marked before an appointment sympathetic inks, that, however, it can either bring with itself or wipe.

Ismail Berasetegy Escudero  was detained in May, 2002 in France in accordance with an international warrant. He is considered one of leaders of diversionary group "The Horse head", that is accountable for numerous explosions in Spain. From data of Department of corrections of France, from 1998 in the series of escapes with a substitution the present was fourth, but it was nevertheless first similar family escape from la Santé and first escape of basque terrorist. 


Prison la Santé, surrounded by municipal building. 

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Hard labour is in Guiana.
16 Of february 2012


The first camps of the convicts taken out from France were open on islands Rescues( former isl. of Devil). Type of one of 3 islands - isl. Ruayal, in 15 kilometres from Kuru. 


Hard labour camps in French Guiana were closed in 1953, For 100-years-old history of tropical reference about seventy thousand persons were here taken across. How did ссыльные live? It was for them appearing in an isolation on islands, freedom of movements? Was freedom of idea possible in the frightful terms of tropical, often lifelong captivity? On questions of the Russian release of RFI a guide and historian of museum of о.Руаяль, Serge Kolin.

The islands of rescue can be compared to paradise on earth.... But at the beginning of the last century French журналист-правозащитник Альбер Лондр named these islands "By hell in to paradise". Three islands of volcanic origin in 15 kilometres from the beaches of Куру, were up to 1953 the mestome of reference of the French criminals, and also and prisoners of state. For 100-years-old history of French tropical hard labour ten of thousands of persons were here taken across. Only units were able to come home.

Today only one of three islands is an island Руаяль - open for tourists... Built by prisoners a church, house of chief of camp, settlement of overseers, punishment cell with narrow dark chambers and hospital, is entered today in the lists of historical monuments of France...


A prisoner is a captain Dreyfus. Archive of museum of isl. Ruayal.

Right opposite of moorage, at the foot of the mountain covered by the dense tropical forest, the copsy stood juicy green moss wooden booth. On moist glasses her distinctly white inscription "of Francetelecom" could be seen yet. A ferruginous telephone box, maybe, yet would connect this scrap of earth of south America with the civilized world... Hurrying along the edge of a forest, and then sharply upwards to the left uphill a road from the rough-pointed enormous cobbles conducted in the center of island Rual (ile Royale).

One of three islands Rescues (îles du Salut), French "Kolima" in tropics, where the unfairly convict in 1894 captain of the French army Dreyfus suffered four long years.

Malaria, heat, epidemics, hard labour labour, acute mockeries....On hard labour in Guiana from 70 thousands prisoners 50 thousands perished....

Today islands Rescues became a museum under open-skies. 30 thousand visitors in a year, for 100 every day, - proudly a guide and historian, worker of museum Serge Kolin. He conducted us on the historical display unfolded in the prestige house of island - house of chief of camp. 

History of French Guiana begins in 1604, at Henry IV. First prisoners appeared on the islands of rescue in 1852, at the beginning of rule of Napoleon III. Prisoners were taken across here since Napoleon decided to close three camps on territory of France in Europe - in Brest, Rochfore and Toulon. At the beginning of the Second empire in these three camps contained 5 thousand prisoners in general complication. Clear that arriving of thousands of prisoners on islands Rescues, at once the problem of overpopulation got up sharply. 

Kicking about prisoners to Guiana and New Caledonia, France pursued two aims: to clean French territory from hard labour and colonize new territories. On the transfer of prisoners to Guiana taken 10. In 8 months after arrival in Кайенну first ссыльных the second camp of "Иле-де-Кайенн"(l'îlet de Cayenne) was open - in the north of Кайенны, by an area in 50 hectares. In addition, frenchmen drove home from France in Кайенну two old ships. Made fast in port, ships grew into port floating prison.

Two for later years, in 1854, the third пенитенциарная base was open is the "Silver mountain"(Montagne d'Argent), on a small peninsula in the delta of the river Oiapok.


Islands Rescues (former islands of Devil). Map from the museum of Guiana hard labour on an island Ruayal.

In March the same, 1854, was passed an act, fastening frightful principle depriving prisoners hopes to come home. Every, convict on a term 8 less than was under an obligation to stop behind after liberation in Guiana on a term equal to the term of punishment. Sentenced to 8 remained in place for the term of life. Back into realities units went home. At majority, after the long years of hard labour, there were not facilities, to pay a move through Atlantic ocean.

Among the rare returning is the captain Alfred Dreyfus, groundlessly accused of espionage in behalf on the German empire, Serge Kolin: Here sent the most known prisoners - those with that it was difficult to manage on a continent. It is necessary to name among known, certainly, Dreyfus. To him the member of the opposition of Napoleon III was here exiled - De Lekluse. Dreyfus will conduct on the island of Devil (or the Devil island, In French - île du Diable) four with a half years. For in anything not guilty man it is a very long term. He will be freed only 1906 to the year.

Practically in 12 after conviction. Near Dreyfus, officer of general staff of France was persistently to fight, that he was justified.

Guiana reference was considered especially dangerous... 

From the end of 19 century - 20 began in anarchists operated in France. They killed the president of republic Plant Carnot. Whereupon in all camps - disciplinary punishment cells were entered in Guiana and New Caledonia. Most frightful there was Saint Joseph on an island on territory of Guiana. There 4 blocks stood for 30 punishment cells. These 120 chambers prisoners named "предбанником of death". There got for the attempt of escape. Because escape was one of frightful crimes. 

Islands Rescues are in 15 kilometres from South America, in difficult waters, with a dangerous flow. The most known case is escape of convict on the name De Rubio. He accomplished escape from here, from islands Rescues... But it is necessary to say that in the epoch of Napoleon III to accomplish escape it was simpler, than later, in the epoch of the Third republic. At this time watching prisoners became strictly. De Рюбио will succeed to swim to the north coast of south America, make way in the USA. There he will become the participant Battle of the Little Bighorn against American Indians.

So, the former French convict will become a veteran and hero of the USA...


Virgin Mary with a baby by Jesus. Wall fresco in a church on an island Ruayal prisoner Fransise Lagrange racemes.

To pull through, escaping from hard labour was succeeded only to units. They were necessary for this purpose - in the first - to deceive vigilance of overseers from a number hard labour... In the second is vigilance of guard. In the third - to avoid the attack of sharks and not perish at-sea. But, even attaining the coast of South America, a fugitive was not out of harm's way. Prisoners, that was able to steal or build a boat, take advantage of powerful wave in the mouth of the river Марони, had most chances on success. It was needed, that a stream led away a boat as possible farther in an ocean...

So that северо- east flow, that brings pond scum and sand of the river Amazons on the ocean beaches of Kuru, took away on sails a toy-ship to the coast of Venezuela. If fugitives did not succeed to go out far in a high sea, then a flow washed them ashore to British Guiana (today to Guyana) and Dutch Guiana (Suriname) with that were celled agreement about delivery of fugitives of France. It is difficult to say to how many dare-devils it was succeeded to pull through from the Guiana camps.

Chambers measuring in 4 square meters... With a grate above an only window highly above ceiling. Prisoners were exposed to the cruel moral and physical tests. In the punishment cell of them fed especially badly, forbade to speak, contained in darkness, produced on light only one in a day... Above them mocked... a grate instead of ceiling allowed to the guards put on shoes in a soft shoe, unnoticed to steal up, to outpour from above on a prisoner bucket with impurities...

It is possible to imagine the great number of other outrages that use in prisons and today... All was done, to break a man... This prison was named "devour of people". Life-span in the punishment cell of island Sent-Josefe did not exceed 1-2... Wherein every day people fought for a survival, where cruelty was a norm and system, the exhausted souls found a rescue from reality in madness or suicide...


House of chief of camp on an island Ruayal.

However about it there is no serious statistics, Серж underlines Knees: Here madness and suicides in medical documentation was not especially mentioned... Soldiery doctors in these cases wrote in a medical conclusion - the same reason of death is a cardiac attack.

Arriving to Guiana prisoners of делилили on 3 categories. It, firstly, there were prisoners convict on hard labour on a certain term or for the term of life. They came the first here. From 1885 to Guiana began to direct shallow, but incorrigible recidivists. Finally, here were and soldiery prisoners of state. To their number Dreyfus behaved and another military- Benjamin Julmo, naval officer. Julmo made an effort sell secret documents to the military attache of Germany in Paris.


Prison hospital on an island Ruayal.

The last not especially became interested by a secret, saying that he has such information already. Then an officer tried to contact with the ministry of Морфлота of Germany. Thereon him without effort and caught, as a boy.

Witnesses told that most dangerous for prisoners were their own companions in a misfortune, set to them for a supervision. If someone from such prisoners - overseers were suspected of inclination to behave humanely to the prisoners, then they were shackled and ordered to the most frightful works.

Серж Knees: Maybe, you saw during a visit, there are very much lithoidal structures on an island. Building material the stone of volcanic origin served as. The half of convicts worked on quarries. Guidance and guard of camp had other category on service. Supervisors were very well served. A museum is located in the house of commander by a camp. 5 persons - cook, gardener and other maid worked on him...

So, prisones worked in a quarry, engaged in till of gardens (by the way, in the epoch of hard labour of island were better well-groomed, what now!) ... At that time there were not refrigerators. Therefore a cattle was regularly delivered on islands on a sea... Here was a butchery... Every week, to feed from 600 - to 700 persons on an island brought for 5-6 heads of cattle. 


On an island Ruayal(from left to right): included in a disciplinary corps, photo convict, chamber measuring in 3-4 apt. meter, without windows.

Prisoners had a different degree of freedom. Some were more free - due to their profession. For example, artist Lagrange, designing the church of island Руаяль, could walk practically, where will take in head him. And the islands celled in punishment cells Сен-Жозеф suffered in narrow lithoidal sacks... All is relative... Thus prisoners were divided by three categories. Most subzero - third. Just arriving was included in her. For good discipline and work it was possible to toady to the first category ...

That could temporally release prisoners from participating in the heaviest works.

Differing appointed the helpers of overseer - in a quarry, to the butchery and in a smithy, where work boiled constantly. In fact all grates for prisons were forged in place. A demotion of accomplices of supervisor was cruel. He was shackled, in one copula with those, who he gave orders to and above whom mocked...

Attempts of revolt and agitations were on the islands of "French GULAG" not rarely... One of most sanguinary happened on an island Sent-Josefe that it was then begun to name the "island of Silense" - because in prison punishment cells it was forbidden prisoners even to speak...

A large revolt happened on an island Sent-Josefe in 1894. Actually, for this reason the center of an increase mode was created on this island. About hundred prisoners participated in him, mainly - political, anarchists. About 12 from them will kill. Many are injured. Two overseers perished from heavy wounds. Them it will be begun to consider lost at an official duty performance...


Picture of artist of prisoner Fransis Lagrange. Executing in a camp in Guiana.

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