Ex­iled By THE TSAR

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Rus­sia has a long his­tory of ex­il­ing po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers and petty crim­i­nals to east­ern siberia, how­ever this ac­cel­er­ated af­ter the as­sas­si­na­tion of Tsar Alexan­der ii in 1881, when the au­to­cratic state de­cided to crack down on dis­sent. up to 10,000 men and women were ban­ished to the harsh wilder­ness each year through­out the 1890s. Here they lived in squalid pris­ons and per­formed hard labour, such as min­ing and build­ing the Trans-siberian Rail­way.

1885

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