Russian prison records? #general

David Joseph Colman <dybk@...>

There is a story in my family that my great grandfather, Shmuel
Yeshiyahu CHERNIAK, was imprisoned by the communists shortly after the
overthrow of the czar. Supposedly he had been a pharmacist "in the
czar's court" and somehow the communists took offence to his ties to the
ruling class. (Yes, I know these stories are often heavily imbellished
if even remotely true)

Is there any method to search for Russian records regarding prison terms
or crimes in the early 1900's?

David Colman
Toronto, Canada

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