An Intimate Look at Life in a Harsh Russian Gulag

BY MAX AVDEEV AND JULIA IOFFE

newrepublic.com

K-28, a maximum-security Russian penal colony, is located in Yertsevo, in the northern Arkhangelsk region near the Arctic Circle. It was once part of a cluster of camps founded in the late 1930s as part of the Gulag system. Today, it houses over 1,000 prisoners, many of whom were convicted on murder or terrorism charges. “Most of them killed two or more people,” says photographer Max Avdeev, who shot the prison in February 2010. [nggallery id=229]

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