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    MOSCOW, March 1 (RIA Novosti) - There are 878,000 people currently being held in prison and detention facilities in Russia, a penitentiary official said Thursday.

    "About a third are under 25 years," said Yury Kalinin, head of the Federal Penitentiary Service.

    He added that some 400,000 convicts were suffering from a mental illness and 46% of prisoners were serving a second prison term.

    According to the Federal Statistics Service, Russia's population was 142.2 million in 2006.

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