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What was probably the happiest period of Varlam Shalamov’s life took place during his studies at Moscow State University (or the First Moscow State University, as it was called in the 1920s) in 1926–1928. Shalamov studied in the Faculty of Soviet Law, which was located near the conservatory on Herzen Street (nowadays Bolshaya Nikitinskaya). Shalamov was a regular reader in the Fundamental Library of MGU, and a participant in discussions connected to the activities of the
Once in October 1927, Shalamov witnessed how students beat the president of the university, A. Vyshinsky, for having booed a speaker of the opposition during the opening of a Party event. Later, Vyshinsky was favored by Stalin, who supported him in establishing a career.