Twenty Years in a Siberian Gulag

Memoir of a Political Prisoner at Kolyma

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About the Book

Caught up in one of the many purges that swept the Soviet Union during the Great Terror, Leonid Petrovich Bolotov (1906–1987) was one of 86 engineers arrested at Leningrad’s Red Triangle Rubber Factory and sent to the Gulag as “enemies of the people.” He would be the only one to survive and return to his family after enduring two decades in the infamous Kolyma labor camps.

Translated into English and published here for the first time, Bolotov’s memoir narrates with growing intensity his arrest, imprisonment and interrogation, his “confession” and trial, his exile to hard labor in Arctic Siberia, and his rehabilitation in 1956 following the official end of Stalin’s personality cult.

About the Author(s)

Irina Y. Barclay, professor of Russian and Russian literature at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, has over two decades of college teaching in America and Russia. She is a former Boris Yeltsin Presidential Scholar and, later, active in an organization headed by Mikhail Gorbachev. Dr. Barclay has authored over 50 articles and participated in dozens of conferences around the world.

Bibliographic Details

Leonid Petrovich Bolotov

Translated and edited by Irina Y. Barclay

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 35 photos, glossary, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8221-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4039-6
Imprint: McFarland