Fire, rioting breaks out at Siberia prison
MOSCOW - The Associated Press
In this image taken from video provided by Instagram account @incident.38, a fire is blazing at a prison colony where inmates and guards have clashed in Angarsk, 4,000 kilometers east of Moscow, on April 10, 2020. (@incident.38 via AP)
Russian officials said a large fire was blazing on April 10 at a prison in Siberia where inmates and guards have clashed.
There was no official information about casualties or damage at the prison in Angarsk, 4,000 kilometers east of Moscow.
But Pavel Glushenko, a local human rights activist, said on social media that "full-scale hostilities'' were taking place at the maximum-security prison.
Details were unclear about what set off the clashes, with reports either that prisoners attacked guards or that a guard beat a prisoner.
State news agency RIA-Novosti late on April 10 cited a local official as saying the fire covered about 30,000 square meters (300,000 square feet) but had been localized.
The prison holds about 1,200 inmates.