Typically, the window got closed at night, when men were pulled out of the neighbouring cells into the corridor and beaten there. Lots were detained together with their loved ones, and the appalled women were listening to screams behind the closed window. In Katsya's cell, there was a woman who got a rubber bullet wound. Feeling short of breath, her cellmates asked the doctor to at least open the window.
"It was impossible to speak because there was no oxygen. It was impossible to cry because there was no oxygen. I thought [we might face] the most stupid death that could happen," Katsya says.