Dormitory of the First Moscow State University (1926–1928)

Address: 7 Bolshoi Cherkasskii Lane, Moscow

 7 Bolshoi Cherkasskii Lane, Moscow

 7 Bolshoi Cherkasskii Lane, Moscow

At the time of his admission to the First Moscow State University, Shalamov had a permanent address in Moscow (he was registered at his sister’s residence on Sadovo-Kudrinskoi Street). Nevertheless, he intended to get a room in the university’s student dormitory. After appealing to the People’s Comissar of Education, Anatolii Lunacharskii, and having hidden his social background, Shalamov lived in one of the rooms on Bolshoi Cherkasskii Lane. He shared the room with Musa Zalyalov, who later became known as the famous Tatar poet Musa Cälil.

 Lazar Shapiro, Varlam Shalamov's friend during the 1920s. Photo: Komsomolskaya Pravda (newspaper)

 Lazar Shapiro, Varlam Shalamov's friend during the 1920s. Photo: Komsomolskaya Pravda (newspaper)

On February 11, 1928, a group of students, Shalamov’s dormitory neighbors, denounced Shalamov during his second year of studies. He was accused of repeatedly violating the dormitory rules. His neighbors, among them M. Zalilov, requested that the administration evict the accused and “save others from Shalamovism.” The denunciation was signed on February 12, and the decision regarding Shalamov’s dismissal from the First MSU was issued on the following day, February 13, 1928.

Shalamov with an unknown person

Shalamov with an unknown person              

Sergey Solovyov