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Aslambek Apaev, Chechnyan asylum seeker/Barry H. Rodrigue Collection

Identifier: MF206

Scope and Contents

Materials donated by Barry H. Rodrigue (primarily of USM) of personal experience interviews he conducted (with Irina Petranek and Natasha X, two Russian translators) with Aslambek Apaev. Apaev had sought asylum and was staying with Rodrigue when the interviews were conducted. Apaev was a Chechyan and in 1988-1989 he had been a fighter and in 1994 he was a human rights worker. He was wanted by the Russian KGB. Since returning home, Apaev has led a low-profile life focused on family. Also included: 1 artifact: the mold of Apaev’s teeth taken after his teeth were knocked out by the KGB.


  • 2009-2010


Language of Materials

Cyrillic alphabet, possibly Russian, as well as English.

Conditions Governing Access

For digitized items free from access restrictions, we are working to upload this material (pdfs, mp3s, jpgs) for public access, but it is an ongoing project. If you don’t find what you are looking for here, contact Special Collections (

Conditions Governing Use

Rights assessment remains the responsibility of the researcher. No release forms.


1 box

Existence and Location of Originals

Located at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress: AFC 2012/047

Materials Specific Details

Audio files are the primary source material. Transcriptions are the transcriber's best effort to convert audio to text, but should be considered secondary to the audio.


Guide to Aslambek, Apaev Chechnyan asylum seeker/Barry H. Rodrigue Collection
In Progress
Thomas Libby
May 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States