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Offline Phil_tomaselli

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'Stolypinki'
« on: May 01, 2009, 06:36:21 AM »
From what I can gather 'Stolypinki' were specially adapted railway carriages designed for the mass transportation of prisoners.  Looking from the outside like ordinary carriages they contained internal cages where prisoners could be held in groups under guard.  Originally used in the Tsarist period they continued in use throughout the Stalinist period and some were used to take Polish prisoners to Katyn.

Problem is, though I know of descriptions of them I'm unable to trace any photographs or even drawings.  Does anyonme know where any might be found?

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Re: 'Stolypinki'
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2009, 08:01:47 AM »
I haven't got any photographs or drawings, but look at this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vdc_yKtOiM

And check this gallery [with photos of Wajda's movie "Katyn"]:
http://www.e-gory.pl/component/option,com_zoom/Itemid,50/catid,149/
« Last Edit: May 01, 2009, 08:26:43 AM by Aglaya »
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Re: 'Stolypinki'
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2009, 11:07:01 AM »
A 1920s Soviet prisoner car displayed at the Latvian Railway museum in Riga:

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Re: 'Stolypinki'
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2009, 11:12:22 AM »
The car's other side (that of "passenger compartments", note no windows):

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Re: 'Stolypinki'
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2009, 03:14:30 PM »
Very many thanks.

We do indeed have some fascinating people with odd and cuious interests and knowledge on this site!

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Re: 'Stolypinki'
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2009, 12:37:01 AM »
Very many thanks.

We do indeed have some fascinating people with odd and cuious interests and knowledge on this site!

Phil Tomaselli

Indeed.  And I'd like to add my thanks to Mike, he answered my initial questions here.

To me that's the greatest joy of history, discovery, exploring and sharing.

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