MOSCOW, October 7 (RIA Novosti) – A penal colony in Russia’s Ural Mountains has witnessed an unusual boom of weddings recently, with 28 of its male inmates getting married to women, some of whom they had just met, in one day.
Strict-regime colony number 2 in the Chelyabinsk Region held all 28 weddings in a banquet hall on Friday, local news site 74.ru reported. Prison officials noted that the number was unusually high for a single session of the periodic weddings held at the facility.
A video of the event showed dozens of brides in white dresses sitting at tables with their incarcerated grooms, who were sporting suits instead of their regular prison garb. The report noted that some of the couples met each other for the first time that day.
After the ceremony, they newlyweds were allowed to spend two days and a night together on the prison’s premises, while later they would be allowed to see each other only a few times a year.