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Gulag Railroad – The Remains Of Stalin’s Dead Road Project Lie Forgotten

Work of dissidents, criminals and other unwanted individuals all for nothing…

Photo: Amos Chapple | RFE/RL

In Russia’s arctic wilderness, the remnants of one of the Soviet Union’s most tragic gulag projects now lies largely forgotten. The railroad would have connected Russia’s arctic waters with its western railway network writes RFE/RL. Most records relating to the gulag — the brutal network of forced-labor camps for dissenters, criminals, and other perceived threats — remain secret.

But it’s likely that Stalin, spooked by the incursion of Nazi submarines into the Arctic during World War II, wanted the railway in place as a means of supplying a planned naval port. The railway also would have connected northern nickel mines to Soviet factories to the west. Check these incredible photos made by photo-journalist Amos Chapple.

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Amos Chapple Photography

It looks like the darkness of evening but this is 14:25 in the after… noon during the long polar night in Murmansk. I was walking towards my hotel as this blizzard hit the city.

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