Son-in-Law of Brezhnev Relaxes in Prison Camp

From Reuters

Yuri Churbanov, the disgraced son-in-law of former Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev, appears to be having an easy time in prison camp where he has been sentenced to 12 years for corruption.

The daily Sotsialisticheskaya Industriya reported today that Churbanov, 52, a former deputy interior minister who was arrested in 1987, has not done a day’s work since being transported to the camp near the Urals city of Nizhni Tagil.

Clearly enjoying a measure of the privileges he enjoyed in his former post, Churbanov had been on the camp’s sick list since his arrival there in late February.


“Yuri Mikhailovich was occupying the best private isolation ward in the camp sanitarium,” the paper’s correspondent A. Nadzharov wrote after visiting the camp.

“He didn’t look seriously ill at all--but was lying on his bed reading a novel.”