Hg2 : The Hedonist


Malinovka is a small settlement to the west of Astana, which was home to ALZHIR – The Akmola Camp for Wives of Enemies of the Motherland. Because Akmola played a major part in what Alexander Solzhenitsyn termed ‘the gulag archipelago’ (Solzhenitsyn himself was imprisoned in a gulag further east at Ekibastuz), it is well worth visiting this moving site just thirty minutes from the city-centre. The small museum that documents the history of the prison camp system in Northern Kazakhstan, the Avenue of Tears at the former entrance to the camp with metal plaques listing the prisoners’ names, and the monuments at Malinovka are a moving tribute to the wives who were arrested during the Stalin era and imprisoned in the ALZHIR camp.

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