How can you read this article on all Anatoly I. Pristavkin and not want to pick up a copy of Inseparable Twins? He led the Presidential Pardons Commission:
They included the father of three small children who had
stolen a gas tank worth $10.80 and who, for that crime,
had served three years and three months of a four-year,
two-month sentence. Another case involved a widow with
a disabled 4-year-old son doing five years for stealing a
purse containing $31.
He reduced the number of death penalty executions from 228 a year to about 10. Wonderful, no? And he had a Dickens childhood:
family on Oct. 17, 1931, in a Moscow suburb. When he was
9, his mother died, and a few years later, so did his father.
He was sent by train to an orphanage in the Caucasus. At
12, he went to work in a canning factory.
I'm definitely checking out his book.