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Beyond the World of the Living

Author: Mikhail Cheryomkin
Translation: Paul E. Richardson and Nora Seligman Favorov

Sep/Oct 2015
Page 28   ( 6 pages)

Summary: When he was a child, the author often overheard the hushed conversations of adults alluding to concentration camps in Yakutia. When he grew up, he went in search of them.


When I was a child, I often overheard the hushed conversations of adults alluding to the fact that, starting in the 1930s, there had been concentration camps for political prisoners in our region’s most remote and inaccessible reaches.

As I was a young boy at the time, I did not fully grasp the meaning of these conversations, but they generated in me an intense curiosity to see these places.

Many years passed, and I began to pursue photography seriously and to travel Russia and the world with my camera.

Then, in 2012, I decided to undertake a difficult, mysterious, and exciting journey to the places I had dreamed of since my childhood.

I saw this trip as both an exploration and an opportunity to promote the rustic lifestyles, beauty, and history of my native region.

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