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Scenes From The Former Gulag

Anna Yermolaeva, a Russian artist living in Vienna, recently traveled to a prison camp in Perm to see the site where members of her family were sent to the Gulag in the 1930s. Yermolaeva has exhibited her photos of the former Gulag camp and the abandoned Traktovaya prison.

Yermolaeva’s photos show the abandoned prison where Soviet citizens were once held during “dekulakization," Joseph Stalin’s program of seizing property from wealthy peasants and sending them to the Gulag.
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Yermolaeva’s photos show the abandoned prison where Soviet citizens were once held during “dekulakization," Joseph Stalin’s program of seizing property from wealthy peasants and sending them to the Gulag.

But parts of the former Gulag camp are still being used for detentions.
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But parts of the former Gulag camp are still being used for detentions.

Yermolaeva learned that Maria Alyokhina, a jailed member of Pussy Riot, was held at Detention Center No. 5 before she was sent to a permanent prison in the same region.
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Yermolaeva learned that Maria Alyokhina, a jailed member of Pussy Riot, was held at Detention Center No. 5 before she was sent to a permanent prison in the same region.

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More scenese from the abandoned Traktovaya prison in Perm.
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More scenese from the abandoned Traktovaya prison in Perm.

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An abandoned building at Traktovaya bears a sign reading: “It is not enough merely to recognize one’s guilt.”
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An abandoned building at Traktovaya bears a sign reading: “It is not enough merely to recognize one’s guilt.”

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