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Belochka
Sergei Mikhailovich died in 1989, the book was published posthumously somewhere in 1991. I am not quite sure about the dates  - it might be checked on the net.

There is a shortened magazine version of the book available on the internet for reading in Russian. Though curtailed it makes very interesting reading. I doubt there is an English translation - which is a shame. It is asking to be translated as it is a very powerful document.
Can't find the link at the moment, but if you google the net you would certainly trace it.
I'll make some enquiries and let you know the details.

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I forgot to mention the fact that Georgi Osorgin was Oleg Volkov's friend and co-prisoner and he tells quite a lot about him in his book.

Also, I would like to point out that there is another great book by Sergei Michailovich Golizin "Zapiski Utselevshego" (The Memoirs of a Survivor)  where the fate of Georgi Osorgin is mentioned. Accidentally S.M. Golizin was a popular children's author.
Solzhenitsin only echoes the evidence of those two.

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Thanks for showing. I would like to point out that the swastika is a bit dimmed by scanning.

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Just a fleeting remark. Swastika was first officiallly used in European history by Russian Provisional Government under Kerenski in 1917. On a 250 roubles banknote there's the new Russian eagle with swastika in the background.

Swastika indeed used to be a symbol of luck and prosperity. Still is - in the Buddist countries. And it is included in the official emblem of the Theosophical Society.

Accidentally, the position of Nazi Swastika is reversed - which means "bad luck". Hitler had been warned about it more than once but paid no attention.

PS It is very unlikely that somebody in the 20's might profess his/her anticemitism by displaying a swastika - just doesn't make any sense.

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Many facts about Solovki  prison may be also found in a wonderful book "Descending into the Darkness" (Pogruzhenije vo t'mu) by Oleg Volkov. The author tells us about his own experience - he spent 27 years in those horrible places. As he was related to many famous people he tells their stories too.

I am not sure if the book was translated in English. If not it is a great pity. It  is filled with facts and interesting material.

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Hm... Good old Comrade Dzerzhinski...  At least one positive result  brought  to life by that miserable wretch.

Never thought him to be a grave robber as well.  :-/

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