News from the Camps, March 1971 (18.4)

<<No 18 : 5 March 1971>>


Alexei Murzhenko and Yury Fyodorov, who were convicted at the Leningrad “hijackers trial”, have arrived at camp No. 10 (post office Leplei, a special-regime camp); Boris Penson has arrived in camp No. 19.

Alexei Murzhenko, 1942-1999

The rest of those convicted in the same case are being held in investigation prisons: Bodnya, Dymshits, Sylva Zalmanson and Kuznetsov in Leningrad; Altman, Izrail Zalmanson and [A.] Khnokh in Riga. They are due to appear as witnesses at the forthcoming trials in Leningrad and Riga.


On 25 December 1970 Yury Galanskov was returned from the camp hospital, where he had been since 4 December (CCE 17.12, item 9) and again placed in the BUR [strict-regime barrack] to serve the remainder of the term imposed by the camp court: until 28 December.

On 21 January 1971 he was once again taken to the hospital, as was Nikolai Viktorovich IVANOV (the “ACSULP” case or Leningrad trial, CCE 1.6), who had also been in the BUR since 28 October (CCE 17.12, item 9).


Valery Vudka, sentenced to three years in the ‘Ryazan case” (CCE 12.4 and CCE 14.7 “Details of Ryazan Trial”) and his brother Yury, sentenced in the same case to seven years of corrective-labour camps, are in camp No. 19.

In November 1970 V. Vudka was deprived of a visit for being late for dinner. On 16 November, in view of his state of health, he refused to work (loading and unloading logs). On 20 November he was placed in the BUR for three months. There he fell ill and called a doctor, who excused him from work for two days. However on the third day his temperature had not fallen. For failing to report for work he was transferred to the punishment cells (inside the BUR) for ten days. His temperature remained high. On 20 February V. Vudka was released from the BUR.

During the time he has spent in Mordovia (July 1970-February 1971) Valery Vudka has had one general visit (he was deprived of a personal one), has used the camp shop once, received one parcel, from which a half-kilo of tea was confiscated, has been in the BUR once (for 71 days) and in the punishment cells twice (twenty days).


CCE 15.8 included a list of female prisoners in Mordovian camp ZhKh 385/3. Of the eighteen who were there in September 1970, thirteen remain: four women have been released on completing their sentences, and one, Lydia Sklyarova (attempting to hi-jack an aeroplane with aggravating circumstances), was released ahead of time this winter.

The present composition of the women’s division of the camp is not exactly known.


In December 1970 Sergei Volkov from Riga, seven years of corrective-labour camps, and Vilnis Kruklins, ten years (one of three persons convicted of “preparing an armed uprising”) were released.


Ilya Burmistrovich, the Moscow mathematician arrested on 16 May 1968 and sentenced in 1969 to three years of ordinary-regime corrective-labour camps under Article 190-1 of the Russian Criminal Code, is in the camp at the settlement of Nizhny Ingash, post box 288/1-1. The systematic outrages and anti-Semitic insults by the criminal inmates, and finally an assault on him by two prisoners on the night of 2-3 September 1970, compelled Burmistrovich to ask the camp administration to transfer him to another squad.

This request was granted: Burmistrovich was transferred from squad 19 to squad 2. On 26 January 1971, however, he was returned to his former squad. When given five days’ solitary confinement for refusing to work in squad 19, he declared a hunger strike, declining both food and drink; after three days he was released.


The publication of information about the children of political prisoners is here continued.Children of the journalist Anatoly Nezhenets (convicted in 1969 under Article 190-1):

  • Natasha — born 21 March 1954;
  • Tanya — born 3 June 1956;
  • Oksana — born 8 March 1967;
  • Lena — born 17 September 1968.

Their address is: Tyumen-17 [W. Siberia], 108 Yamskaya St, apartment 44.


The Chronicle conveys the thanks of the families of political prisoners to all those who have helped them.