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Let's take a brief look at the questions of behavior during the interrogation conducted by the enemy.

The behaviour of a prisoner during interrogation

The first line of defense during interrogation and subsequent indoctrination is military endurance, silence, and faith in yourself, your army, and your country. The following points will help you resist questioning your opponent:

1) State only your last name, rank, personal number, and date of birth.

2) Behave politely during the interrogation, but do not give the impression of wanting to cooperate through "politeness". This impression, once formed by the enemy, can delay the interrogation.

3) Give the impression that you do not have information that can be useful to the enemy.

4) Beware of "decoy ducks" and camp medical personnel, which can be widely used to gather information.

5) If knowledge of the enemy's language increases the chances of a successful escape, do not talk about it and do not show signs of this ability during the interrogation.

6) Do not believe the statements of the enemy that other prisoners have spoken. This is the usual method of questioning – to catch you off guard and make you talk.

7) Avoid looking the interrogator directly in the eye. This may cause you to disclose information without directly answering the question. Choose a place between the interrogator's eyes or on his forehead and concentrate on it.

8) During the interrogation, be polite, but firm in refusing to give information. Welcome all enemy officers participating in the interrogation who are older than you in rank.

9) Beware of the temptation to impress the interrogator with stories, exploits, genuine or invented.

10) Don't be fooled into answering seemingly innocent questions or writing statements that require more than your last name, title, personal number, and date of birth.

11) Do not try to deceive the enemy with voluntarily issued false information. An experienced investigator can get the information you need as soon as you start talking to the point.

Protection from indoctrination

The rules of protection against enemy interrogations are equally applicable to protection against indoctrination. If the interrogator cannot encourage you to give more information than your last name, rank, personal number, and date of birth, it is obvious that indoctrination is not possible.

If you are not willing to cooperate, you are considered bad material for indoctrination. Confidence in yourself, your family, your unit, and your country is a very effective tool against indoctrination. The main thing is to keep the will to survive.

(based on the materials of «Энциклопедии безопасности» Громова В.И. и Васильева Г.А., Москва, 1998).


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