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Color sketch from Evfrosiniia Kersnovskaia's self-illustrated memoirs depicting guards searching the contents of a truck for prisoners trying to escape. Guards were ever vigilant about escape, as successful escapes could lead to guards being charged with crimes and becoming prisoners.

Photograph of a group of guards with backs to camera pointing rifles as if ready to shoot. This is a group of soldiers of Primorskaia army in the fights at Lake Chasan, Mongolia. 1938. Image taken from the magazine "Our Country"

Black and white photograph of Matvei Berman, the Head of the construction of Belomorkanal (seated in the center) during his inspection trip to the canal, July 1932.

Black and white photograph of a group of the leading and technical officers at 2nd Boeuchastka of Belomorkanal Camp 1932.