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Owen Matthews

Owen Matthews

Owen Matthews was Newsweek Magazine’s Moscow Bureau Chief from 2006-16. His upcoming novel, “White Fox” (Doubleday 2022), is set in Vorkuta in 1961.

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Where the Russian Gulag Once Thrived, Life Remains Isolated

Where the Russian Gulag Once Thrived, Life Remains Isolated

If anywhere is the end of the earth, it’s here — in every sense. Vorkuta is obscene. Obscene in its rape of the earth, its wanton waste of resources, its reckless poisoning of its own inhabitants and the planet. The very ground is doubly poisoned, both physically and karmically. It’s a historical crime scene and an ongoing ecological disaster zone. Tragedy is Vorkuta’s gravity. And it pulls you down, powerfully.

Owen Matthews