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 Vladimir  Dremlyuga


Born:   1940

Vladimir Dremlyuga is a former Soviet-era dissident. He participated in the Red Square demonstration against the Soviet invasion

      

Vladimir Dremlyuga participated in the dissident movement in the USSR. On August 25th, 1968, eight people: Vladimir Dremlyuga,  Konstantin Babitsky, Larisa Bogoraz, Vadim Delone, Pavel Litvinov, Tatiana Baeva, Victor Fainberg, and Natalia Gorbanevskaya against protested against the invasion of Czechoslovakia, they staged a silent sit-in on Moscow's Red Square raising banners with the slogans: "For your freedom and ours," "Hands off Czechoslovakia". The demonstrators were beaten on the spot and arrested. Dremlyuga and Delone were sentenced to a labor camp, Victor Fainberg was confined in a prison psychiatric hospital and the others — to an exile. 
 
Vladimir Dremlyuga was sentenced to three years in a labor camp in Yakutia. In summer, 1971 he was convicted for the second time — he was sentenced to three more years for the false statements defaming the Sobiet state and the social system. He was sent to another camp. About 30 witnesses from the prison were questioned that have been communicating with Dremlyuga and all of them said that he had had some anti-Soviet talks with them. There is a reason to believe that Dremlyuga actually shared his thoughts with some of the witnesses but there were a lot of "witnesses" he had never seen before. Many witnesses were released prematurely. 
 
In June, 1974, Vladimir Dremlyuga was released conditionally, ahead of time, six weeks before the end of the period. 
 
In June, 1974, an article dedicated to Dremlyuga was posted in the newspaper "Socialisticheskaya Yakutia". The article was named "Starting a new life". 
 
(Excerpts from the article). "Vladimir Dremlyuga was born in 1940 in Saratov. Married, no children. Serving a sentence for the second conviction. Stays in prison from 1968. This information we received only a little bit later, from some documents and at first we were reading with some distrust a letter, full of pain, from Vladimir Dremlyuga: "Dear Editor! While in prison, I've been analyzing my past life trying to understand and make an objective assessment of my actions for which I've been convicted twice. ....I'm 34 years old. At this age it is difficult to begin a new life and it's even harder to change attitudes and habits... Nevertheless, I found some powers to admit my wrong position... It's hard, but I want to say that the judicial decisions were fair to me... Condemning my past, I say, I would never participate in such demonstration like that one in 1968. My thoughts are not caused by a momentary impulse, but only because only now I understand and realize the harmfulness of this action for the Soviet people and incompatibility with the interests of the society..." 
 
After the release, Dremlyuga was sent to Melitopol, to visit his mother. He also was recommended to go to Moscow to the KGB and to talk to an agent. But Dremlyuga didn't go anywhere in Moscow. It became known that he planned to leave USSR. When threatened with another term, he "repudiated" his views, and was allowed to leave the country. In addition, he had been refused permission to travel to Czechoslovakia, a communist country.  He became a successful real estate dealer in New Jersey, U.S. In an interview he said that he had been always dreaming of becoming a millionaire, and he had managed it.
 
 
 
 


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