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Perm 36

Perm 36

Perm 36

Perm 36

Perm 36

Perm 36

Perm 36

Perm Open Air Museum

Perm Open Air Museum


Departed Kungur on a mini bus with a slight detour from our official itinerary to visit the Perm 36 Gulag Camp. Perm was known as the Gateway to the Gulags. A gulag was a forced labour camp with terrible conditions in the Siberian winter. This particular camp only every had 500 prisoners at a time although it was built for a capacity of 1000. It has been used on three different occasions since the Russian Revolution, the most recent and horrible from 1972 to 1988, when political prisoners were sent there. Previously it had only been used as a prison camp for people who had actually committed a crime. It was essentially a way of sending away anyone who had different opinions from the Soviet regime and getting free work out of them. The Russians are now trying to forget that this ever happened

We then drove on to Perm, which used to be a closed town which didn’t even appear on Soviet maps, as this is where they manufactured many of their weapons (and still do). Not so secretive now – there is an open air museum where you can look at many of the weapons that used to be made there

We than got back on the Trans-Siberian at Perm for one more night, to take us to Moscow

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