Expeditions

We organize expeditions to locations of former Gulag labour camps during which we document the camps’ current form. To date we have conducted four expeditions to Siberia. In August 2009, March 2011 and September 2013 we mapped the remnants of Gulag camps along the so-called Dead Road. Our last expedition in August 2016 led to the Kodar Mountains in Transbaikal region, where we documented the camps serving for uranium mining.

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Expedition 2024 - Interhelpo Kyrgyzstan

Gulag.cz embarks on an expedition to Kyrgyzstan following the footsteps of Soviet repression and the Czechoslovak commune Interhelpo on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of its founding. The result will be a special web project as well as a documentary film, which should premiere on the centenary of Interhelpo in April 2025.

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Expedition 2021 - Kazakhstan

Soviet repression in Kazakhstan and its Czech footprint are mapped by our new documentary film and website. The remains of labor camps are still preserved in the magical Kazakh landscape and in the memory of local residents. In November 2021, we therefore undertook an expedition to this post-Soviet country, and at the beginning of 2024 we bring testimony to its dark past, framed by an adventurous journey across the merciless winter landscape.

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Expedice 2021 - Karviná

Jeden nově lokalizovaný tábor pro sovětské zajatce a důkladné zmapování pozůstatků tří dalších nacistických lágrů z doby druhé světové války - to je výsledek našeho krátkého výzkumu v Karviné z května 2021. Impulzem pro naši výpravu se stalo setkání se spisovatelkou Karin Lednickou, která upozornila na nelegální kácení stromů a ničení pozůstatků budov na místě bývalého tábora pro italské zajatce.

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Expediton 2016 - Marble Gorge

In August 2016, we made another expedition to abandoned Gulag camps in Siberia. This time, we headed to the Kodar Mountains in the Chita Oblast, where Gulag prisoners mined uranium for the first Soviet atomic bombs. We documented three camps, which came under the administration of the Borsky corrective labour camp (Борский ИТЛ).

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Expediton 2013 - Dead Road

The main objective of the September 2013 expedition had been to carefully map the abandoned Gulag camps along the eastern part of the Dead Road and create the virtual tour of Gulag on the basis of the collected data.

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Expediton 2011 - Dead Road

In March and April 2011 we set off for the western part of the Dead Road. We first reached the city of Nadym, where we spent six days waiting for a snow transporter capable of following what is left of the railroad. In just one day we covered the 350-kilometre stretch between Nadym and Salekhard, passing the remains of tracks and Gulag camps. Though we did not have time for a detailed exploration of individual labour camps or artefacts of the railroad, we did see a great deal of them. Marshes make that section inaccessible by car in summer.

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Expediton 2009 - Dead Road

A seven-member expedition in August 2009 explored a section of around 20 kilometres of the eastern part of the Salekhard – Igarka line, specifically around the abandoned town of Ermakovo on the Yenisei. In tough terrain and conditions (almost impassable taiga, hordes of mosquitoes and midges), the expedition documented the state of embankments, tracks and railway machinery as well as three abandoned Gulag camps that virtually nobody had visited since 1953.

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