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Alek was subsequently exiled to Karaganda, released on Stalin's death and rearrested several times subsequently, often ending up in the psikhushka.
"Welcome to my psikhushka, Doctor," he finally said in an eerie, gravelly monotone.
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adoarns commented on the word psikhushka
A psychiatric facility used to detain political prisoners under the pretext that they are mentally ill. Historically Russian, though the phenomenon is not uniquely so; cf. ankang in the PRC.
From RUS, diminutive of “psychiatric hospital.�?
March 23, 2008
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