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Media: the last political prisoner of Stalin’s camps died in Magadan

He was convicted on a denunciation of assistance to the Bandera people. In the camps, he spent seven years

Vasily Kovalev. Photo by Evgenia Radchenko
Vasily Kovalev. Photo by Evgenia Radchenko

The Magadan edition of “Extreme” reported the death of “the last political prisoner of Stalin’s camps” – 88-year-old Vasily Kovalyov. According to the material of Kolyma journalists, until the age of 18 Kovalev lived in the Odessa region, and during the war was engaged in sabotage against the Germans.

According to the prisoner, in 1950 he was convicted under Article 58 of the Criminal Code of the USSR – sabotage, but against the Soviet authorities. Later, in his orientation, they wrote that he “adjoins the organization of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists”, which was directed by Stepan Bandera.

Prison Photo of Vasily Kovalev

Kovalev twice tried to escape from prison, during the second attempt, he was hiding in the mines for five months. When he and his accomplices were found, they had confiscated homemade weapons and explosives, as well as a project of the Democratic Party of Russia. In 1956, Kovalev was accused of complaining to the UN on behalf of the “eternal slave of the construction of communism” and transferred to the zone of the enhanced regime.

Attention: the following excerpt is not recommended for reading to nervous and impressionable people

In the waiting room, a “bytovik” was beaten: because when he was sheared, he asked not to touch his beard. They kicked in the stomach with their boots, jumped on it, threw it on the floor with a swing. Then the senior sergeant says to me: “And we’ll give you a special hairdresser!”.

All went out. I can hear the barking of a dog. Well, I think, ****** [the end].

She jumped at once. And my socks and heels were metal plates shod, so that the shoes do not wear out. And I so successfully hit that she fell. I did not let her get up, jumped and grabbed my teeth in my throat. Under the teeth something cracked, she twitched and fell silent. I tore her until the soup flowed.

But then the guards came in, saw the dog and took over for me. Beat, throwing your back on the wall. My legs were refused, but somehow I managed to crawl to the head and began shouting that they would not kill me. Rakovsky yells: “Take this counter!”. And then his deputy struck me on the neck with handcuffs.

I fell down and woke up only a week later on the concrete floor. It was an unheated cellar of death row, from which no one left alive. As now, icicles hung from the ceiling.

My neighbor could not stand torture and cold and with a sharp spoon cut his stomach and wrote on the wall with blood: “Workers of all countries, unite!”. He was thrust back into the bowels, sewn up and a week later threw back.

an excerpt from the memoirs of Vasily Kovalev

A year later, Kovalev was released on the Khrushchev mass amnesty of Soviet citizens who “collaborated with the occupiers.” According to “Ouchma”, after receiving rehabilitation, Kovalev spent his entire life in the Magadan region, where he worked as a plumber at a thermal power plant.

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