Siberia Then and Now

Former labor camp Former labor camp near Chara, Stanovoy Khrebet, Siberia; Steve Raymer, 1988

The Way Back, a film co-produced by National Geographic Entertainment, is in theaters now and recounts the story of Siberian gulag prisoners attempting a 4,000 mile trek to freedom across a 1940s-era landscape. See how Siberia has changed in the intervening decades with a couple of hitchhikers who travel 6,000 miles from Vladivostok to Moscow, and at a remote oil outpost that plenty of Russians would like to call home. Finally, a look at Siberia twenty years ago during the waning days of the gulag system.

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