The Zone, Inta, Russia

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The Zone

There is practically nothing left of the once thriving Gulag camp of Inta at the Arctic region of Russia. The camp was gradually closed after the death of Stalin, and in the 1960s traces began to vanish fast. The mines where the inmates were doing forced labour continued to operate, and some are still working, but “free” population arrived to replace the released prison workforce. Some factories of Inta are built by the prisoners and, thus, they can be considered unintentional memorials to the victims of Gulag. But the area where the camp “zone” (zona) was, that is, the area inside the barbed wire, was built over during 1970s. There is  a small stone to commemorate the victims, but otherwise the memory has vanished under the ostensible normalcy.

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