Tomasz Kizny Gulag Photos: Kolyma

Kolyma - Supply Delivery
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Delivering supplies on the frozen Yana River in northwestern Kolyma. In the first year, over 10,000 prisoners were brought to Kolyma. Their first task was to build a port on the Sea of Okhotsk and the city of Magadan, an essential supply base for development of the mining industry on the vast territory of Kolyma.
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Kolyma - Prisoners Clearing a Path
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A tractor clearing the way to Omsukchan with the help of prisoners in Eastern Kolyma, 1950.
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Kolyma - Prisoners Building a Bridge
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Prisoners building a bridge over the Kolyma River in the 1930's. In the 1930's, Dalstroi's most important task was to build roads. In the first few years only about 15 per cent of the total number of prisoners worked in the mining sector. The rest built roads and basic infrastructure. All the work was done manually.
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Kolyma - Prisoner Brigade
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A brigade of prisoners in Kolyma, 1930's. All of Dalstroi's economic activities required a large number of workers. In the 1930s, prisoners represented 90 percent of the total workforce.
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Kolyma -- Chelbania Gold Mine
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The Chelbania gold mine in Kolyma, 1943.
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Kolyma - Prisoners Working in the Gold Mine
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Prisoners rinsing gold in a "butar", 1938. The gold was rinsed in three ways: manually, on riverbanks and in streams; in "butary," wooden troughs into which the current of a stream was diverted; and mechanically, in rinsing drums powered by portable steam generators.
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Kolyma -- Opencast Gold Mining
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Opencast gold mines, 1938. Ore bearing soil was first collected, then rinsed by prisoners.
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Kolyma - Mining
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A prisoner fetching water with which to rinse ore bearing soil.
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Kolyma --  Prisoners Unprotected Mining for Uranium
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In 1948, the mining and enrichment of uranium ore began at Kolyma. The work was top secret. The prisoners did not know what they were mining and were not protected from dangerous and lethal radiation.
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Kolyma -- Camp Commander Eduard Berezin
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Eduard Berezin, a Latvian communist, was the founder of the Kolyma prison camps. !n 1932-37 he was the commander of Dalstroi. During the Great Purge, he was arrested and shot in Moscow in 1938.
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Kolyma - Decomissioned Mine Railroad
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Kolyma Today
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A decommissioned line of the narrow-gauge mountain railroad that led to the tin and uranium mines, built by prisoners in 1937-54. Butugychag mountains, southwestern Kolyma.
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Kolyma - Vestiges of Mines
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Kolyma Today
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Veetiges of the the tin and uranium mines of Kolyma.
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Kolyma - Prisoners Boots
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Kolyma Today
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Prisoners' boots and shoes near the former Tsentralny Camp in the valley of the Terrsovy River. The camps in the Butugychag region accommodated almost exclusively political prisoners sentenced to the most severe punishment.
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Kolyma - Isolation Cell
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Remains of the isolation cell in the Terrasovy River valley. A prisoners sentenced to the isolation cell served their punishment in underwear alone, in a cell without a bed and cement or a stone floor. Some prisoners recall being doused with freezing water in the isolation cell.
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Kolyma - Sopka Camp
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The ruins of Sopka Camp in Kolyma.
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Photos from the collection Tomasz Kizny, author of Gulag.