MY RETREAT FROM RUSSIA by Vladimir Petrov

MY RETREAT FROM RUSSIA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A picture of the Soviet police state, by an escapee who found its techniques just a little more ruthless than the German which he also confronted and eluded on his long way out of Russia. Petrov, accused of anti-Soviet agitation, spent six years in Siberia, and his term finished, came out to find his country at war, himself still suspect. Robbed of his money and his papers on his way home, Petrov finally reached the small town where he was born just prior to the German occupation- went to work for the Germans for a time -- the headed for the Ukraine. From Odessa to Rumania, Yugoslavia, Vienna, he made his way on dubiously valid papers, one step ahead of the Red Army, until finally he reached Italy-and now knows the first experience of freedom in America. A personal history which reaffirms the tyranny of this regime- but there's nothing new or newsworthy here.

Pub Date: Feb. 15th, 1949
Publisher: Yale