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Behind the Iron Curtain: Tears in the Perfect Hockey "GULAG"
by Maxim Starchenko
The book is about Maxim Starchenkos experience on Druzhba-78 between 1986 and 1996. The story graphically describes the cruelty and inhumanity of the teams only coach, Ivan Pravilov. He abused and constantly reprimanded his players for his own entertainment and personal satisfaction. The book describes the authors constant struggle for survival and eventual road to recovery. Maxim faced adversity on two fronts, with his coach and his misunderstanding parents, doubling the burden. The author hopes his book will encourage other former players to step forward and make Ivan Pravilov accountable for his actions. More so, it raises an important question of why this monster continues to instruct children and live comfortably in the United States.About the Author
At the age of eight, Maxim Starchenko was selected by Ivan Pravilov to be a member of his soccer/hockey team, Druzhba-78. The initial excitement and hope of eventually representing his country led to a world of cruelty and abuse. For ten years Maxim and his teammates endured unspeakable torment while Pravilov built his reputation. At eighteen, Maxim broke his allegiance and took his life into his own hands. With the help and generosity of friends, he earned an athletic scholarship to attend Wayne State University in Detroit. He eventually married and currently lives in the Detroit area, where he works as a teacher and coach.(2011, paperback, 158 pages)