Museum exhibit /“Ksiva” (secret note) with a chronicle of the Camp VS 389/36
A “ksiva” (secret note) containing a chronicle for 1985 of camp VS 389/36 (village of Kuchino in the Chusovskii region of Perm oblast’), compiled by political prisoner Rostislav Borisovich Evdokimov (born 1950). After several unsuccessful attempts to smuggle it out of the camp, Evdokimov, in spring 1986, placed the note in a special capsule (cf: capsule for “ksiva”, No.KP-124 a, b) and put in a hiding place inside the camp. In 1992, during a reunion of former prisoners in Perm, Evdokimov removed the capsule from the hiding place and gave it to the museum of the Research and Information Centre “Memorial” (St Petersburg). (Photo 06.10.2004). 
 
 
 
 
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Registration number in museum acquisition book KP-126
 
Date of acquisition13.07.1992
 
Thematic indexResistance
 
Thematic indexThe Camps
 
Thematic indexLife in Captivity/
 
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Date and place of creation1985, VS 389/36, Perm oblast’
 
Size14.4cm x 10cm
 
MaterialsPaper
 
MaterialsInk
 
Description of exhibitThe text of the note is in very small writing (it can be read with a magnifying glass). It is written with a blue ball-pen on both sides of several sheets of paper. It contains a chronicle of Camp VS 389/36 for 1984-1985.
 
State of preservationThe paper is crumbling away with age, there are tears along the edges and part of the text has been obliterated.
 
Detailed annotationA “ksiva” (secret note) containing a chronicle for 1985 of camp VS 389/36 (village of Kuchino in the Chusovskii region of Perm oblast’) for 1985, compiled and written in 1985 by Rostislav Borisovich Evdokimov, a political prisoner of this camp. Chronicles (annals) of the Perm Camps were customary from the second half of the 1970s onwards and were secretly carried out of the camp with the aim of publicising information about the camps for political prisoners. They were addressed to human rights publications in the USSR and abroad. The main places for the publication of this information were: “The Chronicle of Current Events” (Moscow, 1968-1983), the documents of the Moscow Helsinki Group (Moscow, 1976-1982), “A List of Political Prisoners in the USSR” (Munich, 1978-1989), “News from the USSR” (Munich, 1978-1991) etc. Evdokimov took part in gathering and preparing information to be smuggled out of the camp from the end of 1983. On one of the pages is a statement by R.B. Evdokimov addressed to the Procurator General of the USSR and dated 21.01.1985 (it contains complaints about unlawful terms in the punishment cell and cell-type accommodation and about the removal of personal belongings during searches, etc.). Other pages list the main events for the camp in 1985: the arrival and transfer of prisoners, terms in the punishment cell, hunger strikes, information about the relationships between the political prisoners and the camp administration etc. The note that was intended to be smuggled out of the camp was rolled up and put in a tube and then placed in a special capsule (prepared by G.Z. Isaev). After several unsuccessful attempts to smuggle out the document (Evdokimov was refused a meeting with his mother), and afraid that the note would be confiscated, Evdokimov hid the capsule with the note inside the camp in 1986. On 13 July 1992, during a reunion of political prisoners in the former camp “Perm-36” (organised by V.V. Ioffe, A.M.Kalikh and V.A.Shmyrov), Evdokimov publicly revealed the hiding-place, took out the capsule and solemnly presented it to the museum of the Research and Information Centre “Memorial”, St Petersburg. The revealing of the hiding-place, the removal of the capsule and its presentation to V.V. Ioffe was videotaped by T.K. Kosinova. The full text of the document was published in:
Yevdokimov R: A letter from VS-389/36//Grani. – 1993 – No.167
– pp.152-168.
 
PersonsEvdokimov Rostislav Borisovich, owner, creator of collection
 
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Museum exhibit /“Ksiva” (secret note) with a chronicle of the Camp VS 389/36