Syktyvkar, the capital of Komi Republic, was important city in the “opening up the north”, meaning the Soviet Union’s project to penetrate to the arctic regions during the 1930s. This was done mostly with the forced labour of Gulag prisoners. Prisons and camps abounded in and around Syktyvkar. The father of Komi literature, poet Viktor Savin, was one of the many members of intelligentsia who perished in the camps. He joined the communist party after the revolution as a young man, and wrote poems praising Lenin and Stalin. Apparently this wasn’t enough, as he was thrown into Gulag during the Great Terror. Savin was pushed from camp to camp, and eventually he died at 1943 in Tomsk region. Now Savin has a statue in the central Syktyvkar, but Gulag is not mentioned in the memorial plaque.