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Part of mural on building erected in 1960s. Slogan: Glory to the Union of Communist Youth. Photo: James Robb imagePart of mural on building erected in 1960s. Slogan: Glory to the Union of Communist Youth. Photo: James Robb

Day Schedule


➤Departure for Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the morning

➤Arrive Komsomolsk-on-Amur

➤Lunch

➤City tour of Komsomolsk-on-Amur (the city where most of the labour camps were located and which was built by the prisoners of Gulag). The story about the buildings made by prisoners. Visiting the objects related to the history of Gulag

➤Departure for Khabarovsk by night train

One of the abandonded once high-classified tunnels imageOne of the abandonded once high-classified tunnels

The location of Komsomolsk-on-Amur has a certain natural beauty – it is on a bend in the wide Amur River, which flows eastwards from the Siberian hinterland (where it delineates a large part of the border between Russia and China) turns north at Khabarovsk and empties into the Sea of Okhotsk.


But a more inhospitable environment for human settlement could hardly be imagined. The city has recorded temperatures ranging from 38o C in summer to –47o C in winter. Seven months of the year the town is under snow and ice.

According to the itinerary, the following GULAG objects are visited during this trip:

• Remains of the tunnel under Tatar Straights to Sakhalin • Remains of the barracks of the prisoners • Memorials • First camps building built by the prisoners • First camp cemetery • Railroad Komsomolsk-Port Lazarev and completed bridge • Pivan tunnel ) • open quarry and crushing plant utilized by the GULAG camp during the construction works in Komsomolsk on Amur; f • fundaments of uncompleted Stalin’s memorial at the banks of Amur river; commemorative obelus to the victims of political repressions in Komsomolsk-on-Amur (i.e. to prisoners of GULAG) • Oil pipes Okha – Komsomolsk on Amur • Railroad Komsomolsk-Pobedino • Memorial Society visit, Lore visit, city tour in Khabarovsk.

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