Releases, November 1977 to February 1978 (48.10)

In February 1978 Roman Semenyuk was taken under convoy from Mordovian Camp 19 to Lvov. At the end of his term, he was released and sent to the town of Sokol (Lvov Region). Here he was lodged in a hostel and put under surveillance.

Roman Zakharovich SEMENYUK is 50 years old. In 1949 he was arrested and sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment for cooperating with UPA [Ukrainian Insurgent Army]. In the mid-1960s he escaped from a camp but was soon recaptured. For this escape 3 years in prison were added to his sentence, and he served them in Vladimir Prison.

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Dmitry Kernichny, a “Twenty-Fiver”, has been released from Mordovian Camp 19. He is about 70 years old. He received his term for belonging to UPA.

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On 19 November 1977 Povilas Petronis (CCE 34) was released at the end of a 4-year term, having served it in Mordovian Camp 3. A month before his release he was transferred to Vilnius. There he was “worked over” by officials of the Lithuanian KGB.

Following his release Petronis settled in a small village in his brother’s home.

Of the four co-defendants in Petronis’s case only Petras Plumpa is now in camp. His term is 8 years, and he is serving it in the Perm camps.

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The Lithuanian “Twenty-Fivers” Petras Akramavicius (CCE 33), Vitas Bastis, Jonas Kadzionis (CCE33)and the Ukrainian “Twenty-Fivers” Grigory Gerchak (CCE 33), Dmitry Paliichuk (CCE 46)and Yevgeny Prishlyak (CCE 33) have been released from the Perm camps at the end of their terms.

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At the end of a 7-year term Mikhail Korenblit, convicted in the Leningrad Trial of the “aeroplane affair” (CCE 20.1) has been released.

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In December 1977, at the end of his term, Mustafa Dzhemilev (see in this issue “Persecution of the Crimean Tatars”, CCE 48.14) was released.

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In December 1977 Vladimir Arkhangelsky (CCEs 38, 39) was released at the end of his term.

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On 23 December 1977 Pavel Bashkirov (CCE 43) was released from a camp near Yakutsk at the end of his term (18 months).

Before the release itself he was put in the punishment cell for seven days for “wilful crossing of a local camp zone”. Bashkirov declared a hunger-strike and maintained it until the day of his release.

The information in CCE 45 that Bashkirov was put in the punishment cell for refusal to prepare the zone for 1 May is incorrect. It is also untrue that while in camp Bashkirov was in the hospital, although he was indeed ill with inflammation of the lungs.

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At the end of a 2-year term Zigmas Sirvinskis (CCEs 41, 44) was released from a camp in the town of Alytus in the Lithuanian SSR.