Lefortovskii Arrest House

Address: 13 Starokirochnyi Lane, Moscow

The Lefortovskii Arrest House functioned until 1925. It was located in a two-story building in the courtyard of the Lefortovo firehouse.
Lefortovskiy police station. Arrest house was located on its courtyard. Photo: PastVu

Lefortovskii Police Station. The arrest house was located in its courtyard. Photo: PastVu

In 1920, suspected thieves and “all illiterate prisoners” were sent there. The arrest house was initially designed for 33 people, but the number of prisoners gradually increased.

The personnel of the arrest house lived on the second floor. There were no workshops, and the prisoners did not work outside the arrest house. Housework was conducted voluntarily. There were plans to organize an envelope-gluing workshop, but at the beginning of the reorganization of arrest houses in 1923, it did not exist.

 
Revision of Lefortovskiy arrest house. Source: GARF (The State Archive of the Russian Federation). F. 4085. Op. 11. D. 131. L. 20

Revision of the Lefortovskii Arrest House. Source: GARF (The State Archive of the Russian Federation). F. 4085. Op. 11. D. 131. L. 20

 

In October 1923, the Lefortovo Arrest House was closed for renovation, and as a result, its capacity to accommodate prisoners was more than doubled (up to 75 people). After the renovation, an “arrest house for police workers and a site of imprisonment” were set up in this building.

Evgueny Natarov