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See inside Siberia’s toughest prisons

See inside Siberia’s toughest prisons

A notorious Siberian prison that once housed famous Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky and where thousands of enemies of the state were executed now welcomes tourists.

The Prison Castle, a strict regime prison in Tobolsk, Russia was built during 1838-1855. The architectural ensemble consisted of several cell blocks, a hospital for prisoners, an administrative building, and other premises.


A door leads to the cell of strict regime in the museum of the Prison Castle in Tobolsk.

 


A view to a security tower through a frozen window in the hostel on the territory of the Prison Castle in Tobolsk, Russia


Gates leading from the Prison Castle in Tobolsk, Russia

Through its history, especially during the Soviets, the conditions in the prison were considered stricter than in colony.

One of the most famous prisoners of the prison were Mikhail Mikhaylov, Vladimir Korolenko, Nikolay Chernyshevski. Fyodor Dostoyevski, a famous Russian writer, spent about 10 days in one of the prisons in Tobolsk while he was transferred to Omsk for penal servitude.


A dummy of a prison guard is seen in the museum of the Prison Castle in Tobolsk, Russia


Prison robes and shackles

It accommodates the city archive, a museum, a hostel and a library. Tourists can stay in a hostel which used to be a block of sweat-boxes (punishments cells).


Doors of sweat-boxes

Photo:  by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images

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