A Russian mother is begging the US military to allow her son to remain at the Camp X-Ray detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
"I am terribly scared of a Russian prison or Russian court for my son," Amina Khasanova was quoted as saying by Gazeta newspaper on Friday.
"At Guantanamo they treat him humanely, the conditions are fine."
She’s right – compared to Russian prisons, Gitmo is a pleasure palace. A prison term in Russia is a virtual death sentence thanks to rampand antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis outbreaks and abysmal living conditions.
Of course, one can expect human rights groups to spend far more time critcizing the US for Camp X-Ray than trying to clean up the horrors of the Russian prison system. Criticizing the US gets them more funding, while actually helping people doesn’t bring in the donations.