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Students of the Khabarovsk Theological Seminary visited the Khabarovsk pre-trial detention center. Twelve seminarians with their leader, CDU Vice-Rector for Educational Work, Priest Yevgeny Veselov, made a short tour of the institution, visited the permanent historical exposition “Khabarovsk Prison Castle” and held talks with minors held in remand prison No. 1 of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Khabarovsk Territory.

This study visit to the Khabarovsk pre-trial detention center was the first for the seminarians. According to their leader, Priest Yevgeny Veselov, such practical exercises are necessary for students not only to develop their horizons, in the future this experience may be useful to them in their priestly and pastoral activities.

The seminarians were accompanied by the head of the psychological laboratory of the SIZO-1 of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Khabarovsk Territory Alexey Strelnik. He told the guests about the work of the institution, about who is in it, demonstrated the security buildings of the isolation ward and told about the history of its creation in Khabarovsk.

Natalya Kupalova, the methodologist of the permanent historical exposition of SIZO-1, told the seminarians in more detail about the construction and the first prisoners of the late 19th century. Students visited the museum of the institution and clearly saw how the conditions of detention in the institution changed in different historical eras.

In addition, during their visit to SIZO-1, the students of the Khabarovsk Theological Seminary met with minors held in the isolation ward and held conversations with them on spiritual topics.

The teenagers greeted the visitors with interest. They were able to ask the seminarians the questions they were interested in about faith, baptism, confession and repentance. Given the small age difference, the dialogue between the young people turned out to be light and rich in content.

“Such communication is extremely necessary for our teenagers. We – employees try to be friendly, fair, and, of course, strict with them – this is a necessity due to many different reasons. But they are children who simply need to have informal communication, aimed primarily at reorienting their moral values. With minors in the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia in the Khabarovsk Territory, daily, diverse work is carried out. For each of them, individual plans for psychological support and educational work are drawn up. However, this work cannot be complete without spiritual content. The priest comes to the pre-trial detention center several times a month, but it is one thing when an adult man in a cassock talks to a teenager, and another when the conversation is conducted by students of a theological seminary – young guys are practically their peers, ”said the head of the psychological laboratory of SIZO-1 of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia across Khabarovsk edge Aleksey Strelnik.

At the end of their visit, the guests from the theological seminary donated crosses and pocket icons to minors.

Press service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Khabarovsk Territory

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