The Leningrad Oblast. 38-year-old Olga has been recently freed from the Mordovian jail. Then she a found shelter at her ex-girlfriend Katherine. Now the couple lives in a three-room apartment: Katya and Vita, and Olga. Olga has no citizenship, no documents, no housing, no work. This story began almost 15 years ago. Katia and Olya met in Petersburg, lived together for six years, parted. All that time she was wanted. She quarreled with Katya. She took her things and went to the park ... and appeared again in the life of her former only two years later. Suddenly Katya received a message in the social network: "Hello. I'm in Mordovia ... "Katya also has a prison experience, she was in a colony in Sablino, Leningrad region in the early 2000s. - Do women have female partner in prisons associate with the LGBT community?
Olga: There were some who live with women at liberty, I was and a couple more people. All the rest lived with men, they have children. I say again that I have realized my orientation since childhood, and I know exactly what I want.
Katia: We did not have such a term as a lesbian. Nobody considered themselves lesbians. Well, such a pussy as I want there is not, but my pussy wants: so there is no other way, it was for health. I generally heard about LGBT. Although I meet with girls from 14 years old, and now I'm 38. - Does it happens that the relationship continues after the prison?
Katia: I was free earlier than of my girlfriend. She got freedom, come to me, my father did not let her in. I looked for it, I received the answer to the letter that the house had been burnt. I do not know where she is now.
Olya: I stayed with my first girl in a quarantine for a long time. At first she said something the about "prodol"
(hall). And then she started to help me with work. When I had a big fight and screwdriver throw a my head, my future passion went to wash out my head, and the relationship was began. She was five years younger than me. Jealousy began: "What the fuck do you chat with this and drink tea with that?" And then: "Darling, F**K all," we'll keep a friendly wave. "There, the difficulty is that some people have feelings, and it is very difficult, because everything is always in sight. In the freedom you can go away from everything, but here you can not go. And my first relationship ended cause she got freedom. - Is there a caste system in the zones where you served your sentence?
Olya: Such terms as "kobel"
(active lesbian), "kovyrialka"
(passive lesbian) were not common used among us. If they could call someone a "kobel",
then it was purely a joke. We had halves. Without halves there was only a lower caste. "Chepushila"
(a rude word) –a one that does not look after oneself. Usually they have "manual" work. As a rule, if they do not want to wash, they are left some hot water. They communicate only with "chepushila",
and no one will sit with them to have tea. Such people can be easily beaten, on the part of the officers there was a "dubinal"
(beating), if he could not fulfill the plan for sewing, "on the tape" there was a lot of pressure. They beat to blood. Strong. Hard.
Katia: About the "kobles"
once. We met with guys from the male jail. All our kobles who spoke of themselves as men: "he went," "he got excited," they dressed up in strange clothes, made make up. I said: "Ah, you are my boys with pussy." They are like males: "I'm not Yulia, I'm Yura." When they were congratulated with March 8, they made a scandal, but when males came… The main difference between the male and female jails is a caste system in men s prisons. And if the "chepushila" can washed off and become a "normal person", there is no return from the "offended" caste in male prisons. Women can change roles, in men's jails it is excluded. If he is a passive homosexual, then he always remains such, and he can not be stroked or pitied. Why do they rape? They want to humiliate someone, lower, to bring to a caste of the lowered, whome no one give a hand. This is done so that you can demand money in exchange for some kind of human relationship. For example, it was in the case of the torture of Pshenichnyi - sex violence is used as a mean of pressure and obtaining material benefits. - How does the connection begin?
Olya: The relationship begins with something banal: "Do you want a candy?" Sometimes, you find yourself in quarantine, you look around. I can not say suddenly - I decided and I want you.
If there is a mutual sympathy, then there comes an invitation to have tea. And then there is a "malyavnya"
– prison ileagal correspondence. Then relations develop. There's such a singularity, if other prisoners see that you have tea five times together, you can be ranked as a pair. And it is treat calmly. But if you go to someone else's "shkonar"
(bed), a report (complaint against a prisoner) can be sent oh you. Sex takes place in the same "promka"
(production area), in "bendegka"
(a room where products are stored), in the club, in dryers. Then at night in the "shkonar"
(bed). There are "shkonars"
that are not viewed by cameras. Well, we found where.
Katia: We hung the curtains, and rushed. We did not have cameras, and everywhere there were people on duty on the floor. And if sometimes they , shouted: "Police is in the house!"
And all cleaned up. - How were you punished if you were caught?
(hard work on outdoors after usual work). Well, that is, you slept for two hours and again went out to work. In winter the work is to clean snow, in summer - to drag of pipes. And sweeping the parade ground, scooping up the puddles. We were treated with loyalty to homosexual relations.
To get strict conditions of detention in general was difficult, even if you want - there is no need to work there. How were punished the pairs? They were separated. They were transferred to different detachments, shifts, etc. There is no territory where everyone meets, only local areas. We managed to make our way into another squad, to bypass the "local area". Report (complaint against a prisoner) - well, do not care. "I want to return to the zone, there are a lot of women, and everybody is lesbians"
Katia: In our premises, where relatives come to, there were posters "inclined to cohabition". Comes such a granny, to pass a packet, and sees her daughter with such an inscription. And the lane were painted (in Russia prisons documents of prisoners are written with colored lines, it means: prone to escape, prone to homosexual relationships and so on). We knew that this woman has in lane for escape, this woman had line for that. In general, it was very serious, could send us to the SHIZO
(punishment cell). There were 40 people, and the most - for homosexual relations. And my girlfriend was also sent there, however, the reason was a fight. When I came out, I once thought to do something, and return to a prison to not see all this in freedom. There was no work, Olya gave me up. I thought: I wanted to return to the zone, where are a lot of women, and everybody was lesbian.
We also had an woman-officer, everyone knew that she took girls to her cabinet. My girlfriend refused, and she was immediately after the fight moved to punishment cell. Still remember this officer, she was as ugly as a hunting dog. She took girls to her place, and although no one talked anything, everything was clear. About such informal forms of pressure on prisoners, women often told. Most likely, the administration of the institution does not want to spoil the "reporting", so official forms of punishment are not applied are taken. Formally, women into punishment cell or strict conditions of detention or to additional household work not for relationships and not for sex. The motive can be different, not only being on someone else's bed, but also a fight, a non-fulfillment of the work plan and so on. In fact, any unreasonable workload is a form of violence, this is discrimination. If people work for their love afterwards overtime, it's like you went out to a date and have to work another eight hours shift. As the measures of pressure are mostly used inofficially, that is, they are punished for sex, but at the same time, there occasion is another, it is very difficult to talk about what the extent of persecution in the executive system is for homosexual relationships. It greatly complicates the research. So, there is no understanding of how to work with this category of prisoners and how they can be helped in rehabilitation and resocialization.