penal colony


: a place where prisoners are sent to live

Examples of penal colony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Griner was held in a women’s penal colony and pleaded guilty to her charges in July 2022. Carly Tagen-Dye, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 Griner was detained a week before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and held for a time in a penal colony to extract concessions from the U.S. government. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2024 Russia’s Supreme Court later downgraded his term to 9 years on appeal, but not before Prigozhin endured several years in and out of solitary confinement and hard labor in an isolated penal colony. Time, 25 Aug. 2023 The penal colony is a successor to a Gulag labor camp, established there for prison workers building a railway across the Russian Arctic, ordered by Stalin, but never finished in full. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, 25 Dec. 2023 The following day, one of his lawyers waited for seven hours outside the penal colony where Mr. Navalny was being kept but was not allowed to see him, Kira Yarmysh, a spokeswoman for Mr. Navalny, said. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, 19 Dec. 2023 Alexei Navalny, Russia’s leading opposition figure, is missing from the penal colony where he has been imprisoned and his whereabouts are unknown, his spokeswoman and other allies said, prompting concern in Washington about his condition. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, 12 Dec. 2023 In March, he was sentenced to six and a half years in a penal colony and stripped of his rank. Neil MacFarquhar, New York Times, 30 Apr. 2023 Rejecting all charges against him as politically motivated, Navalny has spent months in isolation in a penal colony in the Vladimir region east of Moscow. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 11 Dec. 2023 See More

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“Penal colony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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