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Arsenii Formakov and Emily D. Johnson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300209310

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300209310.001.0001

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(p.261) 1950–1955
Gulag Letters

Arsenii Formakov

, Emily D. Johnson
Yale University Press

Formakov was rearrested in 1949 and sent to the Irkutsk region and to Omsk to serve a second ten-year term. Held in special labor camps (osobye lageria), he had much less opportunity to write to his family than in earlier periods. Much of the correspondence that survives from this second term was mailed to Formakov either by his children or by his wife, who, although she divorced Formakov during this period to escape political pressure at work, continued to correspond with him using a variety of aliases. Letters in this chapter detail the response of the Formakov family to a personal tragedy, the death of Formakov’s teenaged son by drowning, and the efforts of Formakov’s wife to make ends meet on a teacher’s salary.

Keywords:   divorce, political pressure, special camps, osobye lageria

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