19 One Soviet Gulag: Now And Then

One Soviet Gulag: Now And Then

Posted on December 25, 2012 by team

These are the pictures of what has remained from the Soviet Gulag. General Directorate of the camps and detention facilities (Gulag) was a division of the NKVD, Soviet Police and the USSR Ministry of Justice. It used to be the place for mass forced imprisonment and detention in 1934-1960.

Now you can see how it looks today and how it looked when it was working.

It’s a bottle of vodka.


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19 Responses to “One Soviet Gulag: Now And Then”

  1. komar says:

    yes and usa in cuba guantanamo

    • Bogdan from Australia says:

      Komar (in English it means a mosquito), you indeed have a mosquio’s brain. It is beyond belief that anyone can be so ignorant.
      According to Anna Applebaum and her epic book “A History Of Gulag”, some 13 milion people have been murdered, died from exhaustion, hunger, torture, overwork, deseases during the entire period of Gulag’s functioning. That twice as much as the number of victims in German and Nazis death and concentration camps and CzK, NKVD, KGB have on their claws blood of more than 20 milion victims.
      NKVD’s most notorious killer was Vasilij Blokhin, a chief murderer of Polish officers in Katyn. Blokhin used to gloat that he has personally killed more than 50 thousands people – a true hero of CCCP.
      In Gauntanamo, that has been set up just to house Al Qaida terrorists, no even a single terrorist has died. Australia’s own a Al Qaida terrorist, David Hicks has returned home so well fed and rested that he looked as if he had some holiday on Gold Coast.
      Read something, learn something you moron before you make another ignorant comment.

      • dagar says:

        Actually, several prisoners at Guantanamo have died. The latest was a Yemeni, Adnan Latif. It’s hard to know what the actual cause was, the USG claims he had acute pneumonia for which he was not being treated, and that he committed suicide by ODing on psychiatric meds. So do we believe that none of these prisoners are observed for health, and that they are permitted to have bottles of random medications? I don’t know.

  2. Bob greene says:

    Guantanamo is full of bad,the gullaags were full of stalins percived enemies,he killed forty million of his own people , oh he was so wonderful..look at what happened..

    • Qirex says:

      Guantanamo is full of america’s enemies as the gulags were full of stalin’s enemies. What is the difference?
      Any of concentration fields is full of the actual system’s enemy.

      • America says:

        Well one difference would be that Stalin’s “enemies” were his own people, fellow citizens that he felt posed a threat to his own grip on power.

        Another would be the sheer number of prisoners. In 10 years about 800 “enemy combatants” have passed through the Guantanamo detention facility, with less then 200 remaining there today. How many many were sent to forced labor camps administered by the Gulag?

        “Approximately 14 million people passed through the Gulag “labour camps” from 1929 to 1953. A further 6-7 million were deported and exiled to remote areas of the USSR, and 4-5 million passed through “labour colonies”.[11] The total population of the camps varied from 510,307 in 1934 to 1,727,970 in 1953.[6]
        According to a 1993 study of archival Soviet data, a total of 1,053,829 people died in the Gulag from 1934 to 1953.[6] However, taking into account that it was common practice to release prisoners who were either suffering from incurable diseases or on the point of death,[12][13] the actual Gulag death toll was somewhat higher, amounting to 1,258,537 in 1934-53, or 1.6 million deaths during the whole period from 1929 to 1953.[14] Some estimates for total number deaths in the Gulag go beyond 10 million.[15]
        Most Gulag inmates were not political prisoners, although significant numbers of political prisoners could be found in the camps at any one time.[16] Petty crimes and jokes about the Soviet government and officials were punishable by imprisonment.[17][18] About half of political prisoners in the Gulag camps were imprisoned without trial; official data suggest that there were over 2.6 million sentences to imprisonment on cases investigated by the secret police throughout 1921-1953.[19] The GULAG was reduced in size following Stalin’s death in 1953.”


  3. Lev Tolstoy says:

    Men, it seems, can never learn.

    Lies are all they can tell.

    Not one person in any of these old photographs is a True Zek.

    The Thieves, the Checkists, and their cohort were all that was ever permitted to stand before a camera in these fell places.

    The zeks were dying of hypothermia, disease, malnutrition, exhaustion, beatings, and bullets, just beyond those trees, just on the other side of that railroad, just past the barbed wire. But no voice was ever heard, no face nor name was ever revealed. Whole nations, whole cultures, fell beneath the jackboots, and they will fall again. And again.

    Men, it seems, can never learn.

    Read your Solzhenitsyn and learn about the ways of men and the things they have done and will surely do again.

    Thank you English Russia for bringing these horrifyingly deceptive old photographs to light, but I know in my heart it will do no good.

    Men, it seems, can never learn.

    • MikefromCanada says:

      ” You only have power over people so long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power, he is free again”

    • Jane says:

      > Read your Solzhenitsyn

      Sick fantasies and anti-Russian propaganda.

      • MrColdWaterOfRealityMan says:

        Fantasies? Propaganda? Tell it to my grandfather who was sent to such a place. FYI, there are plenty of folks across the world who either were, or had relatives in gulags. We know what happened.

  4. Otis R. Needleman says:

    Doesn’t look much like GULAG workers to me. No armed guards, no patches on uniforms. Could the workers have been free workers?

    • Jane says:

      You know why?
      Because that GULAG which you think it was it has never existed.
      Those are just scary tales for stupid kiddies,with no facts, no reality behind.

    • ricsi says:

      When your in the middle of Siberia,surrounded by thick forest full of bears,or hostile tundra where are you going to go ? No need for many guards out there!

  5. (r)evolutionist says:

    The worst Gulag is the “Gulag of the Mind” (i.e. depression/isolation).

  6. MateoPL says:

    @ (r)evolutionist:
    well man, probably you’ve never read about soviet work camps (erroneously called “GULag” – GULag is just an administration of them, the head office),
    AND I REALLY REALLY TELL YOU – YOU PREFER “Gulag of the Mind” than “of the body”

  7. Fred Johnson says:

    Coming to America soon! The USSA! The socialist marxist in charge will start locking up the conservatives, the constitutionalists and send them away to gulags and “re-education camps” to “get their mind right” any day now.

  8. Pu Yi says:

    Fred Johnson:

    You are so right! American will only be safe when John Birchers are in charge and black people go back to where they were.

  9. javox says:

    ppl i dont want to enter in a huge discussion but if my memory is not that bad this was built up by 300000 prisioners from gulags system in Abkhazia, the 501 Railroad beginning on the River Ob and 503 Railroad beginning on the River Yenisey, from 1947 till 1953, abandoned as a result of USSR collapse when new “independent” republics couldn’t maintain the complicated and high-cost USSR legacy objects. But this one was abandoned long before the USSR collapse, it was doomed to be abandoned from the beginning. It was built by a personal Stalin’s order in the middle of nowhere – deep inside Northern Siberia between Salekhard city and Igarka town. It was not connected with any other Russian Federal Railway System and the purpose of it still is not very clear…but its The purpose of the railway was threefold: to facilitate export of nickel from neighbouring Norilsk; to provide work for thousands of post-war prisoners; and to connect the deep-water seaports of Igarka and Salekhard with the western Russian railway network. With Soviet industry relocated to western Siberia during World War II, it was seen as a strategic advantage to use the northward-flowing river systems to deliver supplies to Arctic Ocean ports, it was one of the 2 hugest stuff that stalin order to build, the otherone was the belormorkanal which started on 1933 or so….nice pics, i heard they started rebuildin some parts of the original railroad and want to finish the whole way =) byes

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