The Federal Prison Service in the Rostov region named 10 books that convicts most often read. Libraries, with a total fund of more than 63,000 printed publications, are located in all correctional colonies and pre-trial detention centres. Reading preference ratings vary from the colony, but there are a number of writers and works that are popular in each cultural institution.
It is noted that the convicts of the Rostov region have the opportunity to read and listen to literary works using e-books and terminals, computers without Internet access, and an MP-3 player. Books they can read not only in the reading room but they can also take them for personal storage. Among the most widely read books in correctional colonies and pre-trial detention centres of the Rostov region experts named the works of Russian classics, namely M. Bulgakov “The Master and Margarita”, F. Dostoevsky “The Idiot” and “Crime and Punishment”, as well as A. Dumas “The Count of Monte Cristo”. The top 10 also included D. Sillov “Stalker”, M. Sholokhov “And Quiet Flows the Don”, S. Kozlov “Mytar”, B. Akunin “Azazel”, D. Koretsky “To Enforce”, and J. R. R. Tolkien “The Lord of the Rings”.