In Russia’s arctic wilderness, the remnants of one of the Soviet Union’s most tragic gulag projects now lies largely forgotten. A rotting railway bridge in the Siberian outback/ A punishment cell for prisoners/ A guard’s watchtower in autumn forest/ These are some of the ruins of Josef Stalin’s abortive “Transpolar Mainline” railway. From 1947 until […]
The Soviet Utopia: sending your hard-working state citizens on a health holiday to one of the empire’s many sanatoria. Originally conceived in the 1920s, these USSR sanatoria offered a combination of health and medical benefits alongside thermal baths and spas.