In Russia’s Arctic wilderness, the remnants of one of the Soviet Union’s most notorious gulag projects lie largely forgotten
From 1947 until 1953, tens of thousands of prisoners, many of them “politicals” convicted for “anti-Soviet acts”, were shipped to northern Russia to lay a railroad through some of the harshest terrain on Earth.
A hunter who roams the backcountry between Salekhard and Nadym led Chapple to several of the camps.
A barbed-wire perimeter fence marking the edge of a camp.
A memorial in Salekhard to victims of the doomed railway project.
Inside, the communist star of a Stalin-era coal range stays sizzling hot through autumn nights.
Link : The remains of Stalin’s gulag railroad – a photo essay