The march was bitter-cold and long. The crunching tread of our shoes was the only accompaniment to our blisters and icy, fogged breath. My nose ran and tingled, numb from hours of sub zero temperatures and past the point of pain.
Hundreds of miles of creaking birch and pine lay to either side of us. Occasionally one would make us jump as its branches bent, dumping a huge load of fresh snow onto the ground below. The only breaks in the landscape were hidden, frozen lakes only visible by a slump in the snow that could just as well have been a slope and the odd rock, jutting up out of the ground.
The guards walked at either end of us and spread out down our line, guns ready and aimed for flight, like we would survive out there if they missed their shot anyway!
Russian Sleep Experiment Artwork by Daniel Tyka @ artificialdesign
The Russian Sleep Experiment
Four political prisoners living in a 1940s Siberian POW camp volunteer to be Subjects in a Soviet Military experiment. They are promised freedom in exchange for completing the exercise. In return they must endure 30 days without sleep, fuelled by Gas 76-IA. One researcher, Luka, stands alone in believing the experiment needs to be stopped before irreversible damage is done but is he too late? The Subjects no longer want the Gas switched off.