Perm-36, soviet labor camp

Perm-36, soviet labor camp


I was arrested just before New Year’s, in December 1974 I was taken to Perm 36 a little over a year later at the start of January 1976 I spent a year in Vilnius under investigation There were 17 counts against me I can’t remember them all now There was absolutely nothing in them, except for one – the main charge they had against me, the reason for the investigation and everything that happened afterward The first night was more dramatic I arrived in Perm late at night and spent the night in the city prison I met a guy there who was from the same cell block they were taking me His name was Boris Mukhamedshin and he was an artist We sat up talking all night and didn’t even get any sleep There was a good reason we didn’t sleep that night and that was the bed bugs, (it was infested with the things) We couldn’t have slept, even if we had wanted to When they took me to my cell block the next day I wasn’t put into the cell block itself; instead, they placed me in the “Bur” which is the high-security section That’s where the solitary confinement cell was A person who had just been brought in was held in solitary confinement for a few days There was a squadron of security guards outside the prison — a squadron of soldiers They never set foot in the cell block We didn’t have any kind of communication with them They were punished severely if they were caught talking to the inmates You get eight hours for sleep After breakfast, you go to work, which mostly consisted of making the “fillings” for Lysva electric irons The metal part of the iron was made in a factory and we had to put the “insides” together When I was back, the world was different

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