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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Escaped Inmates Still on the Loose

A countrywide search for three prisoners who escaped from the infamous Butyrka prison last week has yielded no results, although one of them was reportedly spotted in the north of the Moscow region.

Several inhabitants of the Sergiyev Posad district, some 40 kilometers north of Moscow, have reported seeing fugitive Anatoly Kulikov, the head of the Moscow prison authorities, Alexander Volkov, told Interfax on Saturday.

In the meantime, an internal investigation in Butyrka showed that the prison staff were overworked and poorly paid, Volkov said at a news conference Friday. There were only 22 guards, instead of the 79 required, and most were from outside Moscow and lived in the prison dormitory. They earned 2,000 rubles ($70) a month.

Volkov could not rule out that the guards were "pushed" to cooperate with the prisoners because of their "social problems," Strana.ru reported. Interfax said the prison staff are now being questioned with the help of lie detectors.