On the day before his release, a Russian man who had spent the previous 22 years of his life in a correctional colony for terrible offenses managed to get out.
Kamoljon Kalonov, who was due to be released from the IK-19 penal colony in the village of Markova near Irkutsk last week, was reportedly serving a lengthy 22-year sentence for double murder, theft, and possession of weapons, ammunition, explosives, and explosive devices.
But the regional office of the Federal Penitentiary Service informed RIA Novosti that at approximately 4 a.m. on the morning of his release day, Kalonov left the colony without telling anyone and is now allegedly on the run.
Kamoljon Kalonov, who hails from the Irkutsk region’s Zima city, was first found guilty of leading a criminal gang and freed from jail in 1997.
He was later found guilty once more in 2001 and given a 22-year sentence. Technically, at least, as the colony from which he vanished was an open prison where inmates were permitted to walk around freely.
The truth is that for anyone doing time in a colony-settlement, missing three days of work counts as an evasion of the route rather than a jail break.
According to a statement from the press office of the Main Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Irkutsk Region, “If during this time he does not come back or is not found, then the inmate risks a criminal punishment of up to 4 years in prison.”
After 22 years, Kalonov was set to be freed on parole and subjected to forced labor, but on the day of his release, he ostensibly made the decision to flee.