The Russian Sleep Experiment
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Russian researchers in the late mos kept five people awake for fifteen days
using an experimental gas based stimulant. They were kept in a sealed
environment to carefully monitor their oxygen intake so the gas didn' t kill
them, since it was toxic in high This was before closed
circuit cameras so they had only microphones and 5 inch thick glass
porthole sized windows into the chamber to monitor them. The chamber
was stocked with hooks, cots to sleep on but no bedding, running water
and toilet, and enough dried food to last all five for over a month.
The test subjects were political prisoners deemed enemies ofthe state
during world war m
Everything was fine for the first five days; the subjects hardly complained
having been promised (falsely) that they would be freed ifthey submitted
to the test and did not sleep for 30 days. Their conversations and activities
were monitored and it was noted that they continued to talk about
increasingly traumatic incidents in their past, and the general tone
conversations took on a darker aspect after the 4 day mark,
After tave days they started to complain about the circumstances and
events that lead them to where they were and started to demonstrate severe
paranoia. They stopped talking to each other and began alternately
whispering to the microphones and one way mirrored portholes. Oddly
they all seemed to think they could win the trust "tthe experimenters by
turning over their comrades, the other subjects in captivity with them. At
first the researchers suspected this was an effect tithe gas itself...
After nine days the first ofthem started screaming. He ran the length 1: rathe
chamber repeatedly yelling at the top aims lungs for 3 hours straight, he
continued attempting to scream but was only able to produce occasional
squeaks. The researchers postulated that he had physically torn his vocal
cords. The most surprising thing about this behavior is how the other
captives reacted to it... or rather didn' t react to it. They continued
whispering to the microphones until the second ofthe captives started to
scream. The I captives took the books apart, smeared page
after page with their own feces and pasted them calmly over the glass
portholes. The screaming promptly stopped
so did the whispering to the microphones.
After 3 more days passed. The researchers checked the microphones hourly
to make sure they were working, since they thought it impossible that no
sound could be coming with 5 people inside. The oxygen consumption in
the chamber indicated that all 5 must still be alive. in fact it was the amount
of oxygen 5 people would consume at a very heavy level of strenuous
exercise. on the morning chine 14th day the researchers did something they
said they would not do to get a reaction from the captives, they used the
intercom inside the chamber, hoping to provoke any response from the
captives they were afraid were either: dead or vegetables.
They announced: we are opening the chamber to test the microphones
step away from the door and lie flat on the floor or you will be shot.
compliance will earn one ofyou your immediate .“
To their surprise they heard a single phrase in a calm voice response: "We
no longer want to be freed."
Debate broke out among the researchers and the military forces funding
the research. Unable to provoke any more response using the intercom
was finally decided to open the chamber at midnight on the fifteenth day,
The chamber was flushed of the stimulant gas and filled with fresh air and
immediately voices from the microphones began to object. 3 voices
began begging, as offloading for the life evloved ones to turn the gas back
on The chamber was opened and soldiers sent in to retrieve the test
subjects They began to scream louder than ever, and so did the soldiers
when they saw what was inside. Four tithe five subjects were still alive,
although no one could rightly can the state that any ofthem in 'lifey
The food rations past day 5 had not been so much as touched. There were
chunks from the dead test sublets thighs and chest stuffed into the
drain in the center ofthe chamber, blocking the drain and allowing 4 inches
bywater to accumulate on the floor. Precisely how much sycthe water on the
floor was actually blood was never determined. All four 'surviving' test
subjects also had large portions and skin turn away from their
bodies. The destruction " and exposed bone on their finger tips
indicated that the wounds were inflicted by hand, not with teeth as the
researchers initially thought. closer examination ofthe position and angles
ofthe wounds indicated that most Knot all were .
The abdominal organs below the ribcage of all four test subjects had been
removed. while the heart, lungs and diaphragm remained in place, the
skin and most muscles attached to the ribs had been ripped off,
exposing the lungs through the ribcage. All the blood vessels and organs
remained intact, they had just been taken out and laid on the floor, fanning
out around the eviscerated but still living bodies tithe subjects. The
digestive tract "fall youshould be seen to be working, digesting food. It
quickly became apparent that what they were digesting was their own flesh
that they had ripped on and eaten over the course of days.
Most of the soldiers were Russian special operatives at the facility, but still
many refused to return to the chamber to remove the test subjects. They
continued to scream to belch in the chamber and alternately begged and
demanded that the gas be turned back on, lest they fall asleep...
To everyone‘; surprise the test subjects put up a fierce tight in the process of
being removed from the chamber. one Russian soldiers died from
having his throat ripped out, another was gravely injured by having his
testicles ripped on and an artery in his leg severed by one ofthe subject’:
teeth. Autumn‘ 5 "fthe soldiers lost their lives Kyla“ count ones that
committed suicide in the weeks following the incident.
in the struggle one sycthe four living subjects had his spleen ruptured and
he bled out almost immediately. The medical researchers attempted to
sedate him but this proved impossible. He was injected with more than ten
times the human dose on morphine derivative and still fought like a
cornered animal, breaking the ribs and arm of one doctor. when heart was
seen to beat for a full two minutes after he had bled out to the point there
was more air in his vascular system than blood. Even after it stopped he
continued to scream and flail for another 3 minutes, struggling to attack
anyone in reach and just repeating the word "NCORE" over and over,
weaker and weaker, until he finally fell silent.
The surviving three test subjects were heavily restrained and moved to a
medical facility, the two with intact vocal cords continuously begging for
the gas demanding to be kept awake...
The most injured sycthe three was taken to the only surgical operating room
that the facility had. in the process " the subject to have his
organs placed back within his body was found that he was effectively
immune to the sedative they had given him to prepare him for the surgery.
He fought furiously against his restraints when the anesthetic gas was
brought out to put him under. He managed to tear most ofthe way
through a 4 inch wide leather strap on one wrist, even through the weight of
a no pound soldier holding that wrist as well, It took only a little more
anesthetic than normal to put him under, and the instant his eyelids
fluttered and closed, his heart stopped. in the autopsy "tthe test subject
that died on the operating table it was found that his blood had triple the
normal level of oxygen. His muscles that were still attached to his skeleton
were badly torn and he had broken 9 bones in his struggle to nobbe
subdued. Most "tthem were from the force his own muscles had exerted on
The second survivor had been the first "fthe group ofthe to start
screaming. an vocal cords destroyed he was unable to beg or object to
surgery, and he only reacted by shaking his head violently in disapproval
when the anesthetic gas was brought near him. He shook his head yes when
someone suggested, reluctantly, they try the surgery without anesthetic,
and did not react for the entire 6 hour procedure his
abdominal organs and attempting to cover them with what remained
skin. The surgeon presiding stated repeatedly that it should be medically
possible for the patient to still be alive. one terrified nurse assisting the
surgery stated that she had seen the patients mouth curl into a smile several
times, whenever his eyes met hers.
when the surgery ended the subject looked at the surgeon and began to
wheeze loudly, attempting to talk while struggling. Assuming this must be
something of drastic importance the surgeon had a pen and pad fetched so
the patient could write his message. It was simple. “Keep cutting.“
The other two test subjects were given the same surgery, both without
anesthetic as well. Although they had to be injected with a paralytic for the
duration writhe operation. The surgeon found it impossible to perform the
operation while the patients laughed continuously. once paralyzed the
subjects could only follow the attending researchers with their eyes. The
paralytic cleared their system in an abnormally short period ertime and
they were soon trying to escape their bonds. The moment they could speak
they were again asking for the stimulant gas. The researchers tried asking
why they had injured themselves, why they had ripped out their own guts
and why they wanted to be given the gas again.
only one response was given: "I must remain awacs"
All three subject’: restraints were reinforced and they were placed back into
the chamber awaiting as to what should be done with them.
The researchers, facing the wrath eitheir military benefactors» for having
failed the stated goals 1: project considered euthanizing the surviving
subjects. The commanding omen‘, an instead saw potential, and
wanted to see what would happen ifthey were put back on the gas. The
researchers strongly objected, but were overruled
in preparation for being sealed in the chamber again the subject were
connected to an no monitor and had their restraints padded for long
term confinement. To everyone‘: surprise all three stopped struggling the
moment it was let slip that they were going back on the gas. It was obvious
that at this point all three were putting up a great struggle to stay awake.
one that could speak was humming loudly and continuously;
the mute subject was straining his legs against the leather bonds with all his
might, first left, then right, then left again for something to focus on. The
remaining subject was holding his head who pillow and blinking rapidly.
Having been the inst to be wired for as most ofthe researchers were
monitoring his brain waves in surprise. They were normal most "fthe time
but sometimes flat lined inexplicably. It looked as if he were repeatedly
suffering brain death, before returning to normal As they focused on
paper scrolling out "fthe brainwave monitor only one nurse saw his eyes
slip shut at the same moment his head hit the pillow. no brainwaves
immediately changed to that of deep sleep, then flamed for the last time as
his heart simultaneously stopped.
The only remaining subject that could speak started screaming to be sealed
in now. His brainwaves showed the same names as one who had just died
from falling asleep. The commander gave the order to seal the chamber:
with both subjects inside, as well as 3 researchers. one ortho named three
immediately drew his gun and shot the commander point blank between
the eyes, then turned the gun on the mute subject and blew his brains out as
He pointed his gun at the remaining subject, still restrained to a bed as the
remaining members sycthe medical and research team fled the room. "I
wont be locked in here with these things: Not with yum!" he screamed at
the man strapped to the table. "WHAT' ARE Yom" he demanded. "I must
The subject smiled.
Have you forgotten so easily!“ The subject asked. wile are you. we are the
madness that lurks within you all, begging to be he at every moment in
your deepest animal mind. We are what you hide from in your beds every
night. We are what you sedate into silence and paralysis when you go to the
nocturnal haven where we cannot tread."
The researcher paused. Then aimed at the subject' s heart and fired. The
use flamed as the subject weakly choked out, "So... nearly... free..."