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 on the Chukotka highlands, 60 km away from the city Pevek, between the streams Shirokyi and Utiniy. The camp was divided into a men zone, occupied by the mining works, uranium ore mining, and a women zone, doing the less hard work.

“Vostochniy” consisted of around 30 buildings that are currently ruins.

Among partially preserved buildings, one can distinguish the concentrating plant, located in the northern part of the camp. All of the buildings are made of either cobblestones or logs. The administrative part of the camp is enclosed with a fence made of barbed wire and wooden poles.

Chaunlag labor camp of Dal'stroy existed from 1951 to 1953. Besides from uranium ore mining, prisoners were engaged in geological surveying and road building. The population of the camp was: by 1 September 1951 10 941 people and by 19 June 1952 7 274 people.

This video was filmed in August 2015, during the expedition of the GULAG History Museum under the direction of the head of Museum Roman Romanov to Chukotka. The expedition started in Pevek and took place at the uranium camps of Chaunlag “Vostochniy” and “Severniy”. During the expedition, numerous exhibits have been collected. In addition, the staff of the expedition created cartographical air photos, 3D panorama, photos and videos of preserved buildings and fragments of the camp.

Based on the results of the expedition, buildings and structure of the former camps of Chaulnag Dal’nostroy received historical monument status. This provides us an advantage for monument conservation, and protection of the territory as well as to get access for researchers.