By Roy R. Robson
Located within the northernmost reaches of Russia, the islands of Solovki are one of the such a lot distant on the earth. And but from the Bronze Age in the course of the 20th century, the islands have attracted an brilliant solid of saints and scoundrels, squaddies and politicians.
The web site of a pretty medieval monastery—once domestic to 1 of the best libraries of japanese Europe—Solovki turned within the 20th century a infamous exertions camp. Roy Robson recounts the heritage of Solovki from its first settlers throughout the latest, because the heritage of Russia performs out in this miniature level. within the 1600s, the piety and prosperity of Solovki grew to become to spiritual uprising, siege, and bloodbath. Peter the good then used it as a jail. yet Solovki’s glory used to be renewed within the 19th century because it grew to become a big pilgrimage site—only to descend back into horror whilst the islands grew to become, within the phrases of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the “mother of the Gulag” system.
From its first intrepid viewers throughout the blood-soaked 20th century, Solovki—like Russia itself—has been a domain of either wonderful fulfillment and profound misery.
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