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  • Alek was subsequently exiled to Karaganda, released on Stalin's death and rearrested several times subsequently, often ending up in the psikhushka.

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  • "Welcome to my psikhushka, Doctor," he finally said in an eerie, gravelly monotone.

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  • A psychiatric facility used to detain political prisoners under the pretext that they are mentally ill. Historically Russian, though the phenomenon is not uniquely so; cf. ankang in the PRC.

    From RUS, diminutive of “psychiatric hospital.�?

    March 23, 2008