Forest Enets

Stalin’s prisoner

In this recording, a Forest Enets speaker gives a fascinating testimony about life in Stalin’s Russia. He discusses how many people were imprisoned and how they very often subsequently escaped. The story narrates the escapade of a bearded man, jailed for accidentally letting a portrait of the dictator.

Recording: This text was recorded in Potapovo in 2010 by Andrey Shluinsky, Natalya Stoynova and Maria Ovsjannikova. It was transcribed by Maria Ovsjannikova with the help of Ivan Silkin and glossed by Andrey Shluinsky.