The Forgotten Gulag Camps Of Chukotka
The Chukotka peninsula is Russia's most northeastern expanse, stretching into the Bering Strait less than 100 kilometers from Alaska. Travel to the sparsely populated region is usually restricted for non-residents because of its proximity to the United States. From the 1930s to the 1950s, Chukotka was part of the gulag prison camp system, and became the graveyard of tens of thousands of prisoners. Janyl Jusupjan of RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service recently traveled to Chukotka's Chaunsky district, where the remains of the gulag camps can still be seen in a forbidding landscape.