In 1933 in Moscow and the Moscow region were arrested on 28 young people. They were accused of involvement in “counter-revolutionary fascist terrorist group “Union of Russian patriots”. Among the 28 convicts – Rostislav Gorelov, 17-year-old student at the Polygraphic Institute, “calling for the overthrow of the Bolshevik government, destruction of collective farms, the murder of Stalin, the leadership of the CPSU(b) and members of the Soviet government.”

Gorelova called a terrorist and sent to two years in Temnikov corrective-labor camp. He was rehabilitated along with the other prisoners on 15 October 1956. They saw and experienced young prisoners – the arrest, the pressure during the investigation, the violence, Association with criminals, hard labor in the logging, hunger, disease and death would not let go of life. Rostislav Gorelov wrote memories, created narrative paintings on them, studied the case files and made portraits of fellow inmates with the investigative photos. And now in the Museum of the history of the Gulag represented a collective image of typical circumstances: the arrest, interrogation, prison, stage, life in the camp barracks, the infirmary. Excerpts from memories by Rostislav Gorelova presented in the form of quotations accompanying picture. “The main thing in the camp is food. At the entrance is given bread for the whole day, in the first three days upon arrival, the full rate of the precious bread – eight grams. Usually it is a piece to which white-pink torch pinned a small appendage. You were lucky to get a crust, as her gnawing on a small piece, it was easier to swallow a greater quantity of slops, and to fool the stomach, stretching the crumbs for the day. Worse was for those who came across pieces of meat, it was prokladyvalas swiftly and silently, to stretch it for the whole day could not” – says Rostislav Gorelov.

the exhibition you can also see the materials of the case Gorelova. The exhibition is open until 25 September 2020.

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Rostislav Gorelov (1916 – 2004) – Soviet painter, graphic artist, representative of the genre of socialist realism, the master of the industrial landscape, genre and historical. Arrested on 28 December 1933, together with a group of classmates. Was convicted by a Troika of the OGPU Plenipotentiary representation of the Moscow region as a minor to two years of corrective labor camps (ITL). In 1935, on parole due to the request of his father, and in 1956, rehabilitated together with the other prisoners in the common cause.