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Karlag camp document, 1934: This document discusses how the administration in the Karlag camps pursued criminal activities which discredited the whole Karlag.

Karlag camp document, 1932: The propaganda document stresses the leading role of VChk -OGPU in dealing with class enemies.

Karlag camp document, 1931: The document discusses the problem of inmate escapes. It stresses that the Chiefs of Guards were not successful in preventing the considerable growth of escapes.

Karlag camp document, 1933: This document describes the cases of physical abuse against camp inmates made by guards. Linin orders an acceleration of the interrogation process in camps to find the perpetrators.

Karlag camp document: 1936: The document requires Usachev, Chief of the Department , to prevent guards from abusing camp inmates,including cases of physical and moral abuse, and neglecting to support and protect Stakhanovites and shock workers. Thus, one of the orders is to examine the ranks of leading and administrative officials in order to exclude those who violated the camp's policy toward camp inmates. Another provides each camp inmate with information regarding his or her rights.

Karlag camp document, 1930: The document discusses the importance of recruiting new staff, as well as rights and privileges of Chekist's volunteers who would agree to pursue leading positions in camps. The duration of employment was considered to be three years, after which guards could change their location. Interestingly, due to difficult conditions in camps volunteers had the right to spend two months on vacation.

Karlag camp document, 1931: The document generally discusses the goals of corrective labor camps, term of imprisonment, the procedure of transportation of prisoners from one camp to another; the distribution of rights and responsibilities between different agencies of OGPU; responsibilities and rights of camp inmates; and types of camp punishment.

Karlag camp document, 1934: This document is a warning notice from the Head of Administration Sokolov to camp's officials. It is devoted to discussion of differentiation of food rations and need for quality food provisions in camps. It is stressed that camp's heads are not enough concerned with the issue. Thus, this is a friendly reminder, but there will be no more caution.

Black and white photograph of prisoners clearing and hauling rocks in wheelbarrows from the site of the White Sea Canal.

Color sketch from Evfrosiniia Kersnovskaia's self-illustrated memoirs depicting a discussion between a prisoner and a prison chief.