Baldaev Danzig - Drawings from the Gulag

Author : Baldaev Danzig
Title : Drawings from the Gulag
Year : 2010

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Danzig Baldaevwas born in 1925 in Ulan-Ude, Buryatiya, Russia. The son of an 'enemy of the people', he was subject to repression in Communist Russia and sent to an orphanage for children of political prisoners. After serving in the army during the Second World War, he came to Leningrad in 1948 and was ordered by the NKVD to work as a warden in Kresty - an infamous prison - where he started drawing the tattoos of criminals. He was reported to the KGB who unexpectedly supported him, realising the status of a criminal could be determined by deciphering the meaning of his tattoos. His work enabled him to visit different reformatory settlements across the former USSR, where he witnessed many of the scenes published in this book. ...

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