‘Punishment for Insignificant Crimes’

  • Andrew A. Gentes


Little information exists concerning exile during the period 1725-62,’ but it is clear that whereas both exile and katorga expanded, the balance shifted in the direction of the former as Peter’s successors focused on colonizing Siberia. During this period, the penological distinction between exile (ssylka) and katorga grew almost imperceptible as the state shuttled convicts between settlements and labor sites with little regard for judicially imposed sentences. Elizabeth Petrovna attempted to systematize and regularize the use of exile and katorga, introducing a scale of punishments for the first time in Russian history; however, the administration of these punishments rarely coincided with the regulations.


Corporal Punishment Penal Laborer Colonization Project Mining Administration Military Recruitment 
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