Tomasz Kizny Gulag Photos: Solovki

In Transit to The Gulag
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Prisoners Marching
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Prisoners on their way to a camp. Karelian-Finnish Republic, 1940.
CREDIT:  Tomasz Kizny
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Housing
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Living quarters at the camp at Molotov (Severodvinsk), 1946.
CREDIT:  Tomasz Kizny
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Solovki Prisoner
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The man in the photo was arrested on a suburban train in Leningrad Oblast because he publicly called the Bolsheviks the anti-Christ. He refused to have his photo taken (note hand in right image). He was sentenced to five years in the camps.
CREDIT:  Tomasz Kizny
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In Transit to Solovki
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Prisoners on their way from Murmansk railway station to the transit camp for the Solovetsky Special Purposes Camp at Kem on the White Sea, 1927-28.
CREDIT:  Tomasz Kizny
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In Transit to Solovki
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The gates of Solovetsky Transit Camp. The sign above the gate reads: USSR. Sollager Administration ONOGPU (Administration of the Solovestsky Special Purposes Camps OGPU), KEMPERPUNKT (short for Kemsky Peresylny Punkt - or Kem Transit Camp). Kem on The White Sea, 1927-28.
CREDIT:  Tomasz Kizny
Alexandr Nogtev
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From Commander to Prisoner
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This is a photo of a Cheka-OGPU agent named Alexandr Nogtev, born 1892. After the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, Nogtev carried out missions for Lenin in the North of Russia. He was the main organizer and director of the Northern Concentration Camps in the Arkhangelsk region. In 1923-24 he became the first director of the Solovetsky Special Purpose Camp. Later, he personally signed proposals to the OGPU's governing body to issue death sentences for prisoners without trial. He was arrested in 1938 for "counter-revolutionary activity and terrorism" and sentenced to 15 years in the camps. We was released in 1945 and died in Moscow in 1947.
CREDIT:  Tomasz Kizny
Church of The Crucifixion in Solovki
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Solovki Today
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A fresco in the Church of the Crucifixion in the Golgotha Hermitage on Anzer Island where prisoners who suffered from infectious diseases such as consumption, typhoid and dysentery were held.
CREDIT:  Tomasz Kizny
Church of The Crucifixion in Solovki Hall
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Solovki Today
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Interior of the Church of the Crucifixion in Solovki.
CREDIT:  Tomasz Kizny
Golgotha Hermitage
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Solovki Today
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The belfry of the Golgotha Hermitage was used as an isolation cell where prisoners were left tied up for many hours in the freezing cold. In the background is the Church of the Crucifixion.
CREDIT:  Tomasz Kizny
Solovki Today
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Solovki Today
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A photo of Solovki today, taken by Tomasz Kizny on a trip to the island.
CREDIT:  Tomasz Kizny
Photos from the collection Tomasz Kizny, author of Gulag.