Searching for Varikino – part two

Kurgan, 18.06.2019 After yesterday's afternoon events at the checkpoint my first thought was to get out of Russia fast and drive into Kazakhstan the next day. The next morning I thought about this again. I had made a mistake, it was solved. I wouldn't have a few policemen derail my plan of places to see …

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Searching for Varikino – part one

Yekaterinburg, 15.06.2019 Since the first time I saw David Lean's cinema epic based on Pasternak's novel, the images of the fictitious Varikino estate in the Urals fascinated me. The Urals of the movie were filmed in Spain though. I had always wanted to find out how the real Urals looked like, the land border between …

Gulag

Perm-36, 15.06.2019 About 120km north-east of Perm, in a hilly landscape on a slope of the river Chisovaya, a few minutes off the northernmost tarred road crossing the Ural, lied Perm 36. This former Gulag lager got converted into a memorial for the victims of political repression. It's the only camp I found available to …