Water Tower, Inta, Russia

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Water Tower

The handsome water tower at the center of Inta, former Gulag town in the Russian arctic, is one of the most insidious relics of Soviet camps. The tower is nowadays the pride of the city and is featured even in the coat of arms of Inta, but originally it was the product of the Gulag. Swedish-Estonian political prisoner Artur Tamvelius designed the tower after the World War II and it was built with forced labour during 1953 and 1954. Soon it became everyday part of Inta, which shows how normal Gulag was considered at the time. The building doesn’t serve anymore as a water tower and there is an exhibition of political repression inside.

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