Giving gifts of imported cheeses, smoked meats and chocolates to inmates in Moscow probably has never been easier.
Relatives of inmates at Moscow's detention centers can use a new online shop to pay for gifts to be delivered to their cells, official Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported Sunday.
The gifts include fruit, vegetables, electric heaters, 21 brands of cigarettes, and "nine brands of cheese – from the cheap Druzhba processed cheese to imported cheeses," the report said.
People can also send books, including the Bible, the Koran, and, helpfully, the Russian Criminal Code. Domino and chess sets also are for sale. Alcohol, however, is not offered.
"The delivery is made directly to a prison cell within three days," Viktor Dezhurov, head of the city's Federal Prisons Service department, told Itar-Tass. "The online shop gets about 180 orders per day."
The shop presumably would be especially helpful for families of non-Muscovite detainees. Two-thirds of Moscow's inmates are from outside Moscow and its suburbs, the news agency reported.
For now, the store is for people held in Moscow's pretrial detention centers, though the service will eventually be extended to all of the city's prisons, Reuters reported.
One facility, the Butyrskaya Prison in Moscow, will soon open a tanning center for its inmates, Dezhurov told Itar-Tass.
"The warden decided that inmates did not have enough sunlight in their cells," Dezhurov said. "The tanning will cost 10 rubles per minute."