Death of a Dissenter

The mid-1980s were marked by the deaths of several dissenters as a result of the treatment meted out in the Soviet penal service’s maximum-security facilities: Valery MARCHENKO (Haass Hospital, Leningrad) in 1984; Vasyl STUS (Perm 36) in 1985; and Anatoly MARCHENKO (Chistopol Prison) in 1986. In all three cases lack of appropriate medical care is clear.

Earlier deaths can be variously attributed to medical neglect (Galanskov in 1972), constant harassment (Shelkov in 1980; Talantov in 1971) or personal health conditions worsened by the pressure of opposition (Podyapolsky and Davidovich in 1976).

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