20 Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

Posted on March 17, 2011 by team

In 1891 Aleksey Kuznetsov, the Transbaikalia researcher went to Nerchinsk, which is situated not far from the Russian-Chinese border and  made some photos of living conditions in the penal colony of the Russian Far East.

Prisoners in workshops.

A female prisoner.

A prisoner sentenced to death.

A penalty ward.

The children of the Kariysky shelter.

A hut of a prisoner.

A stigmatic prisoner.

A prisoner.

Family prisoners’ dug-outs.


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20 Responses to “Life In a Penal Colony, 1891”

  1. testicules says:

    Looks like the Ukrainian beach resort

    • Archy Bunka says:

      hahahahahaha ha.
      What, no cable?

      • SovMarxist1924 says:

        How do you capitalists get up so early? I’m still asleep and dreaming of October 1917 and you’re already up making money.

        What is it?: “The early bird exploits the worm.” or, “Early to bed, early to wake makes a capitalist get his stake.” (Marxist humor)

        • SSSR says:

          We have jobs to go to so we can create new products for the world.Speaking of new products have you seen the new Ipad?WOW!!!!

          • SovMarxist1924 says:

            Comrade SSSR: I’m a proud industrial worker, but I’m frequently late to my job due to oversleeping because of exploitation of us workers (long hours-low pay) by the capitalist overlords.

            I have seen the IPAD. Buy one and make Steve Jobs wealthier? I did indulge in a MP3 player by this captain of industry. And I feel guilty.

            • SSSR says:

              Steve went to college so he could have a better life.I went to trade school so I could have a better life.I also have dental,medical and 401k retirement from the company I work for.I pay state and federal taxes every year-and I get some money back.Do you expect to have a good life and not work for it,comrad?

              • SovMarxist1924 says:

                My answer would be too lengthy. We need a debating forum: Dreamers who think capitalism is good and Marxist realists. Just joking. I believe you believe in the Amer. system. Have a good work day, Comrade.

  2. Cindy says:

    What are “stigmas”?

  3. Chico says:

    That prisoner-executioner is pretty scary looking :)

  4. Don says:

    And it became so much worse during the leninist and stalinist terrors!

  5. YJ says:

    Russia did not import slaves from foreign countries, because they used their own people as slaves.

  6. SovMarxist1924 says:

    The political prisoners were heroes of Socialism, Marxism, or Anarchism.

  7. Left SR says:

    Great historical pics.

  8. Neil says:

    Fantastic pictures.
    I recently read ‘The Diary of Vikenty Angarov’ and these pictures make what I imagined come to life.
    The book would make a great TV series, if only they could film it to look like these photos.

  9. Johan says:

    I find these photgraphs fascinating. They show scenes described by Solzenishin in his Gulag Archipellago. I wonder, does EnglishRussia have Gulag pictures?

  10. stan johnson says:

    oops,i forgot,work makes you free and is good for your soul

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