In 2002, during restoration work in the former Perm-36 camp, a pharmaceutical vial was found in a residential barracks on the high-security site in a cache set up in a half-decayed log. A cache or a burial place. The vial contained two notes, one in Armenian and one in Latvian.
The note in Armenian, according to researchers, is of little information, but the note in Latvian is of great interest.
It contains information about the Mordovia camps, in particular, the names of the officers of those camps, distinguished by particular cruelty. At the same time two officers are named who treated the prisoners “humanly”.
Further, the note briefly describes the conditions of deportation from Mordovia to the Urals and describes the political zone in Kuchino. In particular, it says that bread in the zone is always raw and sour, and fish is rotten and over-salted. The local doctor Petrov usually replies to complaints about inedible fish: “Don’t be a brat.”
The back of the note shows a diagram of the area, very close to the original.
The bubble diagram.
Схема из пузырька
The note begins with the words: “This message for the future was written on August 4, 1972 by Latvians Juris Ziemelis and Gunars Astra…”.
At the moment the fate of the exhibit is unknown.
Site “GULAG. History of one camp” is devoted to the history of Perm-36, the last political zone of the Soviet Union, and the Public Museum, which was created on the remains of this zone by a group of enthusiasts.
Nowadays the museum with all its collections, archives, expositions and exhibitions is seized by the officials from the Ministry of Culture of Perm region.
This project is an attempt to create a universal model of a museum, which exists only in the virtual space and enables almost all kinds of activities of a real museum: scientific, educational, expo-exhibition and excursion.
The initiator of the creation of this resource was the International Coalition of Museums of Conscience, created in 1999, one of the founders of which was the Public Museum “Perm 36”.