Chess set made in the Gulag

Chess set made in the Gulag by a prisoner in north-east Siberia. On the box are the words, “Play well and dream of freedom, Magadan, 1945.” Magadan was the port through which prisoners arrived to work in the remote Kolyma region. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp More Artefacts Enjoy holiday camps… […]

…to march towards communism! – Soviet poster

“So to fulfill the targets – to march towards communism!”. Soviet poster. Factories and farms were given plans. Those who met or exceeded the plans might be rewarded. Consequently factories sometimes exaggerated production which could lead to the government having an inflated idea of output. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp More […]

A full-length poster of Lenin

A full-length poster of Lenin which is slightly bigger than life-size. 150,000 copies of the poster were printed so they must have been widely spread around the Soviet Union.  Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp More Artefacts Soviet Union poster of a collectivised farm Chinese poster of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin and Mao […]

A bronze bust of the head of the secret police under Lenin and Stalin

A small bronze bust of Felix Dzerzhinsky, the head of the Cheka and the OGPU, secret police under Lenin and Stalin. He was one of the architects of the Red Terror. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp More Artefacts Original sign from Magadan Gulag camp Chess set made in the Gulag Figurine […]

‘Carpati’ 7.65mm calibre pistol as used by the Romanian secret police

The 7.65mm calibre Md.74 ‘Carpati’ pistol was standard issue for the Securitate, the Romanian secret police. The design was based on the German Walther PP pistol and was manufactured at the Usina Mecanică Cugir in Cugir, Romania, starting in 1974. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp More Artefacts A full-length poster of […]

Original sign from Magadan Gulag camp

An original sign from the prison area in the port of Magadan, north east Siberia. Prisoners sent to the Kolyma Gulag camps mostly arrived through here. The sign has been translated as “Detachment #2” or “Group 2”. Ivanna, in one of our videos, passed through Magadan after being sent to the Gulag from Ukraine by […]

Soviet Union poster of a collectivised farm

Soviet Union poster: Literal translation:“Mineral Fertiliser ““Take out the fertiliser without delay.”“Since he did not take out the fertiliser in timeit is painful to look at the Kolkhoz [a form of collectivised farm] field.”“Inspector, make sure that such scenesDon’t happen in future.” The poster shows a big strong man in red who symbolises the Communist […]

Chinese poster of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin and Mao

Chinese poster of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin and Mao. The text has been translated as ““Long live invincible Marxism-Leninism and Mao Zedong Thought”. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp More Artefacts French Socialist Party poster arguing that Stalin was in many ways like Mussolini and Hitler Stasi colonel uniform Soviet Union poster: […]

Identity card of a Gulag staff member

Identity card of a Gulag staff member: Front cover: “USSR Proletariats of the World Unite Gulag”. Inside left: “Issued 6 March 1938 Moscow [signature]” . Inside right: “People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs Central Administration for Camps and Prisons identity card 87 Comrade Kolnakov working for Central Administration of Camps and Prisons of the NKVD in […]