Memorial Cemetery, Vostochny, Inta

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Memorial Cemetery

In the small village of Vostochny, there is nothing left – not even inhabitants. The old settlement near Inta at arctic Russia was home to many former Gulag prisoners who built their new lives there when the nearby camp was closed at 1950s. After the collapse of the Soviet Union the economy plummeted and the brick factory, lifeline of the village, was shut down. Everybody left, some to Inta, some south to Kotlas and even to Moscow. The old graveyard of Vostochny, which actually has one of the first memorials ever erected to Gulag prisoners and which is officially titled memorial cemetery, was also abandoned. Now the headstones are rusty, and nature & stray dogs have taken over the memory.

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