Sphinx of Death, St. Petersburg, Russia

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Sphinx of Death

St. Petersburg, or Leningrad as it was called at the Soviet times, was not itself an important location of Gulag camps, but there was a transit prison in the city. Moreover, around St. Petersburg there were few execution grounds, like Levashovo some twenty kilometres from the center, where victims of the Great Purges were taken to be shot and buried at the end of the 1930s. The two sphinxes located at the embankment of Neva river are memorials to them and tens of thousands of others who were transfered from Leningrad to the camps all around the Soviet Union. The formidable statues are kind of half-dead companions to the more famous sphinxes of St. Petersburg, located at the Unversitetskaya Naberezhnaya.

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