Postcard from Tobolsk

David Murphy, Going Postal

Tobolsk prison castle was constructed by the Tsarist authorities at the turn of the 17th -18th century. The town of Tobolsk is in Siberia on the banks of the Irtysh. Both political and common law prisoners were sent there. Many Decembrists were sent to this white-walled prison from which no one has escaped, and many died and were buried there. With the Revolution the Bolsheviks , instead of destroying this symbol and instrument of Tsarist authority, took it over for their own use. The Tsar and his family were imprisoned there for awhile, to be followed by many who had themselves worked for his overthrow. Socialists of all descriptions were confined there.

Tobolsk is a stunning city in central Russia. Founded in 1585, Tobolsk is the historic capital of Siberia. The city is dominated by the Kremlin, which sits on a dramatic escarpment overlooking the confluence of the Tobol and Irtysh rivers. Within the walls of the Kremlin is the beautiful cathedral of St Sophia. Also within the Kremlin is the Castle Prison. During the Great Purge of 1937-38, over 2500 political prisoners were executed here. This simple memorial marks the spot where these victims of socialism met the firing squad. Advocates of this wicked creed insist, of course, that Stalin’s terror was not real socialism, and that we should trust them when they insist that this time, under their tender care, it will de different.

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