Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

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.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

Prisoners in workshops.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

A female prisoner.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

A prisoner sentenced to death.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

A penalty ward.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

The children of the Kariysky shelter.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

A hut of a prisoner.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

A stigmatic prisoner.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

A prisoner.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

Family prisoners’ dug-outs.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

A prisoner-executioner.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

A prisoner.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

Handiwork in a blacksmith’s shop.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

An examination.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

Rest.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

Coming back from work.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

Water delivery to the prison and gardens.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

A break-out of a prisoner at the time of work.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

Prisoners’ meeting with their families.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

A prisoner with 13 stigmas.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

A sick ward for prisoners.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

The house of the prisoners’ supervisor.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

Cargo transportation from barges to military service storehouses.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

Prisoners praying.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

Roasting works.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

Prison stores.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

Silver-plumbum ore beneficiation fabric.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

A church.

Life In a Penal Colony, 1891

Old stigmas.

Location: Nerchinsk

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20 thoughts on “Life In a Penal Colony, 1891”

      • 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)

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        • 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!!!!

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          • 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.

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            • 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?

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              • 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.

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  1. 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.

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

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