Pushkin Gallery

Across All Barriers

Born October 27, 1926, to a family of successful peasant farmers in the small town of Novaya Lyalya in the Northern Urals, Boris Chetkov enjoyed a sunny early childhood. The ensuing years however were very turbulent, reflecting the dramatic changes brought on by Josef Stalin. Unjustly arrested as a young teen, Boris served a sentence at the infamous Gulag Nizhny Tagil before being assigned to the front lines of WWII as part of a ‘penal’...

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