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Verkhneuralsk Prison

Verkhneuralsk prison built in the early 20th century is special in the history of the Russian Federation. There were only three such notorious prisons for dangerous offenders in Russia – Lefortovo in Moscow, Vladimir Central and Verkhneuralsk.

Verkhneuralsk prison has not changed over the century: 50-cm thick walls, narrow cells with the ceilings as high as 6 meters, the labyrinth of the “Tsar’s punishment cell” for the most notorious criminals. No wonder that nobody managed to escape from this prison.

It is here that ardent revolutionaries Zinovyev and Kamenev, the leader of Comintern Karl Radek, the first editor of the Komsomolskaya Pravda Aleksandr Slepkov, metropolitan Pyotr Polyansky served their sentence. The most well-known prisoner was Maria Koppensteiner, Hitler’s cousin. There is a legend that Raoul Wallenberg, outstanding diplomat of the Second World War, also was imprisoned here.

The ominous twist of fate occurred with the architect and builder of the prison, merchant P. Safronov. He also constructed many stone buildings in the city. In 1918 the architect was arrested by the Red Army for the propaganda of the White Guard. He lived the rest of his life within the gloomy walls of the prison he himself built.

Address: Severnaya Street, 1, Verkhneuralsk, Chelyabinsk Region, Russian Federation, 457670
Phone: +7 (35143) 2-13-98

Created: December 15, 2010
Updated: June 26, 2012

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