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Vasily Semyonovich Savelyev’s centenary was congratulated by the employees of SIZO-1 of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Khabarovsk Territory and representatives of the veteran organization of the institution.

Vasily Savelyev is a veteran of the Great Patriotic War and a veteran of the penal system. He has many honorary awards, including “For the victory over Germany”, “For the victory over Japan”, “For long-term conscientious work”, “For the contribution to the development of the penal system of the Khabarovsk Territory.”

Vasily Savelyev was born on March 23, 1921 in the village of Koshkul, Novosibirsk Region. Soon, his family moved to the city of Birilyus in the Krasnoyarsk Territory. The family had four children – three sons and a daughter. According to the veteran’s recollection, they lived together, the parents worked a lot, the children were managed around the house, they made their parents happy with good grades at school.

Vasily graduated from the 10th grade of the Birilus school, and in 1939 it was the first graduation of the tenth graders. Many graduates went to enroll in institutes.

“We had a great desire to learn, to be active builders of communism. I left for Abakan and entered the pedagogical institute, from where in February 1940 I was drafted into the army. The military registration and enlistment office sent me to study in Khabarovsk, ”says Vasily Savelyev.

In 1943, after graduation, Vasily Semyonovich with new lieutenant epaulettes and with the specialty of a translator of the Japanese language entered the service in the KGB, where he served as a political officer until 1952.

Vasily Semenovich speaks with warmth about his commanders, mentors, about their attentive attitude towards subordinates.

In 1945 he met a girl named Vera, who became his wife.

Vasily brought his young wife to his room in the house on Volochaevskaya Street.

“An iron bed, a bedside table and a frying pan – that’s all the goodness that I had. Imagine the surprise and joy of the young hostess when colleagues unexpectedly came and presented a set of plates, which was a terrible shortage in those years, ”recalls the veteran.

Since 1952, Vasily Savelyev served in the internal troops. In 1972 he began to serve in the Khabarovsk remand prison, as a political commander. He served in the UIS until 1979.

Vasily Semenovich notes the service in the pre-trial detention center as very responsible, tense and difficult.

“I had to work with both employees and convicts. Special attention was paid to minors – an unpredictable and dangerous category, you never know what to expect from them. It was necessary to organize their studies with the provision of security for the teachers, to keep them busy – they glued the envelopes, ”says Vasily Savelyev.

In 1979, the veteran retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel, having served for about 50 years in law enforcement.

Currently, Vasily Semenovich, due to his age, rarely leaves the house, but continues to take an interest in the life of the remand prison, congratulates the employees on their professional holidays. The museum exposition of SIZO-1 presents his 1972 uniform, personal belongings and awards.

The personnel of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Khabarovsk Territory heartily congratulate Vasily Semenovich on his anniversary. She wishes him good health, good spirits and prosperity.

Press service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Khabarovsk Territory

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