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Video: Soviet-era dissident Mikhail Kukabaka speaks about his years in prison

Soviet-era dissident and political prisoner Mikhail Kukabaka spoke about the years he spent in prisons and psychiatric hospitals.
“I spent 16 years and a half behind the bars,” said the 77-year-old Babruysk-born human rights activist who now lives in Moscow. “I served terms in two correctional institutions in Orsha, in Navapolatsk, in Usman, Russia, in two correctional institutions in the Permsk province, in Mordovia, in a prison in Yelets. I was also held in the Vladimir central prison, in the Moscow jails of Krasnaya Presnya, Lefortovo and Butyrka during my transfers from one place to another. In all, I did time in seven labor camps, one prison and three psychiatric hospitals… In Belarus they tried to get rid of me in every way possible.”
“When I was in the Yelets prison, two days before the end of my term I was moved to a different cell and told that I had been given a new term because I had failed to step on the path of reformation.”
“In a prison-type psychiatric hospital where people were killed and crippled I used artful trickery and was probably lucky to meet a doctor who favored me. During my three years there I received only one shot of Chlorpromazine and that was punishment for a fight. When I was prescribed pills, I bribed nurses and did not take them,” said Mr. Kukabaka.
“The toughest time was in the psychiatric hospital, because there is complete uncertainty there and you completely depend on the doctor who is the tsar and God there, and there are no laws and specific terms there. But I managed to find a prestigious job of sewing machine fixer there.”
“As for the camps, the toughest was in Navapolatsk where they tried to reeducate me by all means. I was sentenced to six more months in prison just for refusing to watch a film there.”




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