End of sentence but is exiled for life in Kok-Terek region of the Dzhambul region of Kazakhstan.
1953, March 5
Learns of Stalin’s death and writes the poem "The Fifth of March".
1953, April 25
Teaches mathematics and physics at Kok-Terek.
Notices cancer is returning. Begins to write down texts of "Dorozhenka" from memory. Resumes correspondence with relatives.
After receiving permission for a medical examination in Dzhambul, leaves Kok-Terek. At the regional hospital in Zhambul learns that he has about three weeks to live.
Is treated with tincture of Issyk-Kul root. Buries a champagne bottle with pages of his works, twisted into a tube. On the last day of the year goes to Tashkent for cancer treatment.
Treatment is started radiotherapy, chemotherapy, blood transfusions.
1954, 18 February
Discharged from Oncology Center and returned to Kok-Terek.
Repeat treatment in Tashkent, conceived the novel Cancer Ward.
Teaches at Kok-Terek school and writes the novel The First Circle.
Solzhenitsyn writes a petition to NS. Khrushchev on removal of restrictions on movement.
Lifting of exile
1956, May 5
Receives a general citizen’s passport.
1956, June 20
Leaves Kok-Terek for Moscow.
1956, August 24
Appointed as a teacher in Mezinovsky high school in the Kurlovsky region of the Vladimir district. Here he rents a room from a widow named Matryona, brought to life in his short story, "Matryona’s Home".
The first version of the novel The First Circle completed.