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"This imposing, seaside complex in the Kalamaja district in Tallinn, Patarei Merekindlus, is now one of the best places in the world to catch a glimpse of Soviet-era prison life in all its dreariness. Originally opened as a sea fortress in 1840, it housed inmates from 1919 until 2004, and has been left virtually untouched since.”

One of the sleeping rooms of the prison

Prison office of the Soviet Prison in Tallinn

One of the sleeping rooms of the prison. The humidity and the lack of sunlight has had to be very uncomfortable for the prisoners Prison office of the Soviet Prison in Tallinn Watchtower at the south side of the prison Window with sea view in a room of the prison employees Hallway of the outdoor prison cells, in the winter temperatures drop to -40°C Lumbering was some work that had to be done as well The prisoners could be watched from above, though escaping was not really a concern There was a hierarchical system in the prison, some prisoners even had a little comfort All prison cells were closed with a big iron door, the only light coming in was from the often small window at the other side of the room One of the sleeping rooms of the prison. The moist and lack of light had to be really uncomfortable for the prisoners

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