Uranium camp “Vostochniy”

The expedition of the GULAG History Museum to Chukotka in August 2015.

The expedition of the GULAG History Museum to Chukotka in August 2015 The “Vostochniy” camp was constructed by the prisoners of Chaunlag in the first half of the 1950s. The camp was located at the mounds of Chulotskoye Highland 60 km. to the west from Pevek City between the strains Shirokyi and Utiniy. The camp was divided into a men zone, occupied by the mining works, and a women zone, that was doing a less hard job.

“Vostochniy” consisted of approximately 30 alone standing buildings, some of which are still there in a half ruined condition.

Out of all the extant buildings the one that stands out most is the building of the concentrating plant, located in the north part of the camp at the slop of the mound. All the constructions are made either of flat cobble or logs. The administrative part of the camp is divided from the other camp with a fence made of the barbed wire on wooden poles.

Chaun labour camp (Chaunlag) existed from 1951 to 1953 Except the exploitation of the uranium ore the prisoners were engaged in geological survey and road building. The population of the camp 1 September 1951 was 10 941, 19 June 1952 it was 7 274.

This video was filmed during the expedition of the GULAG History Museum under the rule of its director Roman Romanov to Chukotkain August 2015 The expedition started in Pevek and took place at the uranium camps of Chaunlag “Vostochniy” and “Severniy”. During the expedition lots of exhibits were collected. The expedition also succeeded in making the cartographical air photos of the camps, a 3D panorama was created.

The expedition contributed to the fact that the buildings and facilities of the camps of Chaulnag Dal’nostroy obtained the status of the historical monuments, that gives an opportunity to provide its temporary closing-down and also an access to the research groups.