The older generation in Russia grew up with the horrifying stories of the Gulag. Almost every family in Russia lost somebody during Stalin Purge or knew someone effected by them.
The idea to do a story about the Gulag came to me when I was in Karelia and visited Solovki in 2018. Independent guides agency masterly balanced the barbarity of the Gulag with an incredible beauty of the islands. All remains of the past were restored there, but it didn’t weaken the history of the place....
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