Camp Punishment Cell, Vorkuta, Russia

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Camp Punishment Cell

From 1930s to 1950s Vorkuta was one of the most notorious Gulag camps in the Soviet Union. Situated far away in the arctic tundra, it offered harsh climate, hard work and even harder guards. So it can be imagined that the punishment cell of one of Vorkuta’s lagpunkts was not the most pleasant place in the world.  The former prison served as a some kind of warehouse after the dismantling of Gulag system in the 1960s. Later in was abandoned, but sturdy stone building still stands in northernmost part of the town, Severny. It is a solemn monument of all the grotesque traits of the camp system.

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