Alexander Dolgun's Story: An American in the Gulag

May 4, 2021
Alexander Dolgun's Story: An American in the Gulag

A Cold War nightmare come to life: an American iscaptured by the KGB, the secret police of the Soviet Union,convicted of terrorism against the State, and imprisoned in theGulag...The story of Alexander Dolgun, who went from embassy employee,to prisoner, then falsely convicted of being a terrorist againstRussia and sentenced to hard labor. Released after eight longyears, he is finally able to recount the experience of beingtransported to and between prisons, interactions and friendshipswith other prisoners, the day-to-day drudgery of trying to stayalive under horrendous conditions which involved trying to meetridiculously high work quotas for extremely strenuous jobs while ina constant state of starvation and often sickness.Dolgun was released from prison in 1956, but as a condition ofhis release, was barred from contacting American authorities. Hemanaged to secure an exit visa in 1971 and returned to the UnitedStates, where, broken in health, he died in 1986 at age 59.