Road of Bones

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Tripped over this article on the Kolyma Highway from Yakutsk to Magadan on the Pacific coast, formerly known as the "Road of Bones". 1260 miles of near arctic circle winding road through mountains, forest & bleak prairies. Once the walking route of prisoners to Gulags & mines during the Stalinist era. Oymyakon, the 'Pole of Cold', just off the highway at about the halfway point (2nd dot from the left on map), has known a low of -98F & an average January low of -58F.
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Paul any chance of a link to the article please. Don't think many people realise the inhuman treatment thousands of Russians and prisoners of war suffered under Stalin.The Russian people went from one cruel regime to an even worse one when Stalin arrived.
 

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A very interesting and thought provoking article Paul. I knew of its existance but very few of the details. Man's inhumanity to man.
Thanks for bringing it to our attention.
Jim
 

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I think Alistair...... (AKA "Road Of Bones" on this site),could probably tell us a lot about it too ;) ,
Cracking article and associated links Paul:thumb2:,
Cheers,
Andy
 

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Thought of him right away. Haven't heard a peep from Sheffield. PaulE
 

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Gents,
I warmly reccommend "The Kolyma tales" by V. Salamov.
The book is cited in the article and is a wonderful piece of literature leaving the reader's heart (mine for sure) with a peculiar sensation of both despair and faith in human nature.
Paul, thank you!
 

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You're most welcome. PaulE
 

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Paul I've just downloaded the kindle version1607116892145.png
Thanks for mentioning this .
 
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