The first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “cold room” is an old Hollywood film, and if you’re looking for a good example of a cold room, you’re probably looking in the wrong place.
There are countless chilling tales of prisoners being locked up in “cold rooms,” in which the prisoner is put in a small room with a window that is lit only by a white light.
These are essentially cold cells, but they’re not just cold; they’re also very, very cold.
Inside these cramped, dark, cramped rooms, prisoners are forced to live in subzero temperatures, often without adequate food and water.
For the most part, these “cold cells” are only used for the punishment of criminals and terrorists, but in recent years, some people have been brought to these “black” cells and subjected to torture in cold rooms, usually in an attempt to extract information or to prevent escape.
In some instances, these are the same cells that were used for prisoners in Nazi concentration camps, where they were forced to work in dangerous and dangerous conditions.
The idea behind these “dark rooms” is that prisoners are held in these cells for a few days before being moved to another room where they are then given a choice.
If they choose to stay in the dark room, they’ll be locked in for another day and will be tortured again, sometimes even after they’ve escaped.
This is exactly what happened to a woman named Mariya Dzodanova.
“They put her in a room with one window, and she didn’t even know what she was doing,” says her lawyer, Alexei Gaidak.
Her family has been working tirelessly to try and save Mariya, but as of now, the court system is powerless to intervene.
Dzodanovas case is the latest example of the dark rooms being used as part of a massive Russian campaign to use cold-blooded methods to try to extract incriminating evidence from prisoners, sometimes without any meaningful trial or investigation.
Russian prosecutors say the tactic is meant to “prove” that Russian law enforcement agencies have not been following the laws.
But the “dark room” has been used by both the Russian state and the FSB, the Russian security service, to use brutal and cruel methods, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).
The first dark room in Russia was in the town of Novokuznetsk, near Moscow.
It’s where a man named Aleksandr Kudryavtsev was sentenced to death for his role in the death of a Russian spy in 1993.
Then in May, Russia’s highest court ruled that the “crime” of “the theft of secret documents from the KGB” could not be used to prosecute Kudyavtsov, as the prosecutor had not proven his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
As a result, the “cold-blooded” method of “conviction” in Russia is being used to try people for crimes they haven’t committed.
And now, in Dzodnovich’s case, it’s also being used against her.
During a hearing in front of a court in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, the prosecutor said that if Mariya is convicted, she will receive at least a 10-year sentence, but if she is acquitted, she could receive up to life in prison.
Mariya’s lawyers, meanwhile, are planning a protest outside the courthouse to demand her release.
On the day of the hearing, Mariya went to the courtroom with her lawyer and a translator.
She didn’t speak Russian at all, and was afraid to speak.
She said she’d been threatened and intimidated.
She’s also been denied medical treatment for her injuries.
At the end of the day, she told her lawyer that she felt that she was “going to die,” and that she had to keep going.
Now, in her new, dark room where she has no window, she’s still afraid to go out.
When I saw her, I thought: I have to live with this.
She doesn’t want to go outside.
She was so afraid that she left the room, and that’s when she was able to go to the hospital and see her doctor, and get treatment for the bruises on her face and head.
And then, on her way home, she found her family, and told them what happened.
Mariya is now living in a makeshift shelter, and is being cared for by a family member.
She says she’s very thankful to have a family, even though she doesn’t know who they are.
She is also angry that no one has ever heard of her, or any of her relatives.
I’ve never heard anything about her, she says.
I’m so scared that people will think I’m dead,