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The slave markets.

The smooth functioning of the Soviet Gulag system required a continuous and regular restocking of workers due to the unusually high, but planned death rate of the prisoners. The demand for slaves was therefore very high, in fact, it was planned that in one year, 120 000 slaves would be required for only the region of Kolyma.

The acquirement of new workers was done relatively simply, in exactly the same way that was used in America during the time of slavery. Once informed of a new transportation of prisoners, the directors of the individual mines would send out their personal representatives together with a doctor. The doctors were not there to tend to the sick, but to give a professional opinion on the physical labour potential of the individuals. The men were put on display and the representatives would walk around and make their choices. Muscles were checked, mouths opened, teeth looked at, eyes, heads and shoulders. Malnourishment was determined on the basis of pinching the buttocks. 

The choice of the goods was a important job. One could not choose faulty stock. Each slave had to work for some months, before he could be written off as no longer required, and a replacement would need to be found. This all was taking place in full swing in the area of Wanino on the far East at the Tartar Straight (joining the Japanese Sea with the Sea of Okhotsk), near the end of the 1940's and the start of the 1950's, and was written about by an eyewitness. The region of Sikhote Alinsk has many mines and the continuous flow of slaves was necessary for the building of communism. 

It is not known exactly where these 'trading centres' were held or how many there were of them, but we can safely assume that there was a good number. Taking into account the unusual sluggishness towards the study of the dark past by the current Russian government, as well as the fact that the majority of documents were destroyed, the whole truth about the Gulag Empire will never be known. It is not even known exactly when the trade of slaves stopped, but it was definitely not immediately after the death of the Leader of Mankind. 

I do not have any photos of the markets, I'm not even sure that there are such. However I have attached photos from the archives of "Karta" illustrating the work conditions within the Gulags.



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