See inside Siberia’s toughest prisons

TOBOLSK, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY 21:  A dummy of a prisoner in single cell is seen in the museum of the Prison Castle in Tobolsk, Russia, on January 21, 2016. A dummy of a prisoner reads the Bible. One half of his head is shaved to prevent to identify a prisoner in case of an escape. The Prison Castle, a strict regime prison in Tobolsk, was built during 1838-1855. The
architectural ensemble consisted of several cell blocks, a hospital for prisoners, an administrative building, and other premises. Through it's history, especially during the Soviets, the conditions in the prison were considered stricter than in colony. One of the most famous prisoners of the prison were Mikhail Mikhaylov, Vladimir Korolenko, Nikolay Chernyshevski. Fyodor Dostoyevski, a famous Russian writer, spent about 10 days in one of the prisons in Tobolsk while he was transferred to Omsk for penal servitude. The prison was closed in 1989. Now the Prison Castle is opened to tourists. It accomodates the city archive, a museum, a hostel, a libraty, etc. Tourists can stay in a hostel which used to be a block of sweat-boxes (punishments cells).(Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)

A notorious Siberian prison that once housed famous Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky and where thousands of enemies of the state were executed now welcomes tourists.

The Prison Castle, a strict regime prison in Tobolsk, Russia was built during 1838-1855. The architectural ensemble consisted of several cell blocks, a hospital for prisoners, an administrative building, and other premises.

TOBOLSK, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY 21: A door leads to the cell of strict regime in the museum of the Prison Castle in Tobolsk, Russia, January 21, 2016. The Prison Castle, a strict regime prison in Tobolsk, was built during 1838-1855. The architectural ensemble consisted of several cell blocks, a hospital for prisoners, an administrative building, and other premises. Through it's history, especially during the Soviets, the conditions in the prison were considered stricter than in colony. One of the most famous prisoners of the prison were Mikhail Mikhaylov, Vladimir Korolenko, Nikolay Chernyshevski. Fyodor Dostoyevski, a famous Russian writer, spent about 10 days in one of the prisons in Tobolsk while he was transferred to Omsk for penal servitude. The prison was closed in 1989. Now the Prison Castle is opened to tourists. It accomodates the city archive, a museum, a hostel, a libraty, etc. Tourists can stay in a hostel which used to be a block of sweat-boxes (punishments cells).(Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)

A door leads to the cell of strict regime in the museum of the Prison Castle in Tobolsk.

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TOBOLSK, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY 21: A door leads to a sweat-box in the hostel in the Prison Castle in city of Tobolsk, Russia, on January 20, 2016. The hostel used to be a block of sweat-boxes for prisoners for breach of discipline. The Prison Castle, a strict regime prison in Tobolsk, was built during 1838-1855. The architectural ensemble consisted of several cell blocks, a hospital for prisoners, an administrative building, and other premises. Through it's history, especially during the Soviets, the conditions in the prison were considered stricter than in colony. One of the most famous prisoners of the prison were Mikhail Mikhaylov, Vladimir Korolenko, Nikolay Chernyshevski. Fyodor Dostoyevski, a famous Russian writer, spent about 10 days in one of the prisons in Tobolsk while he was transferred to Omsk for penal servitude. The prison was closed in 1989. Now the Prison Castle is opened to tourists. It accomodates the city archive, a museum, a hostel, a libraty, etc. Tourists can stay in a hostel which used to be a block of sweat-boxes (punishments cells).(Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)

 

TOBOLSK, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY 20: A view to a security tower though a frozen window in the hostel on the territory of the Prison Castle in Tobolsk, Russia, on 20 January, 2016. The building which now hosts the hostel used to be a block of sweat-boxes for prisoners for breach of discipline. The Prison Castle, a strict regime prison in Tobolsk, was built during 1838-1855. The architectural ensemble consisted of several cell blocks, a hospital for prisoners, an administrative building, and other premises. Through it's history, especially during the Soviets, the conditions in the prison were considered stricter than in colony. One of the most famous prisoners of the prison were Mikhail Mikhaylov, Vladimir Korolenko, Nikolay Chernyshevski. Fyodor Dostoyevski, a famous Russian writer, spent about 10 days in one of the prisons in Tobolsk while he was transferred to Omsk for penal servitude. The prison was closed in 1989. Now the Prison Castle is opened to tourists. It accomodates the city archive, a museum, a hostel, a libraty, etc. Tourists can stay in a hostel which used to be a block of sweat-boxes (punishments cells).(Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)

A view to a security tower through a frozen window in the hostel on the territory of the Prison Castle in Tobolsk, Russia

TOBOLSK, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY 21: Gates leading from the Prison Castle in Tobolsk, Russia, on January 21, 2016. The writing says: "To the freedom with a clear conscience". The Prison Castle, a strict regime prison in Tobolsk, was built during 1838-1855. The architectural ensemble consisted of several cell blocks, a hospital for prisoners, an administrative building, and other premises. Through it's history, especially during the Soviets, the conditions in the prison were considered stricter than in colony. One of the most famous prisoners of the prison were Mikhail Mikhaylov, Vladimir Korolenko, Nikolay Chernyshevski. Fyodor Dostoyevski, a famous Russian writer, spent about 10 days in one of the prisons in Tobolsk while he was transferred to Omsk for penal servitude. The prison was closed in 1989. Now the Prison Castle is opened to tourists. It accomodates the city archive, a museum, a hostel, a libraty, etc. Tourists can stay in a hostel which used to be a block of sweat-boxes (punishments cells).(Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)

Gates leading from the Prison Castle in Tobolsk, Russia

Through its history, especially during the Soviets, the conditions in the prison were considered stricter than in colony.

One of the most famous prisoners of the prison were Mikhail Mikhaylov, Vladimir Korolenko, Nikolay Chernyshevski. Fyodor Dostoyevski, a famous Russian writer, spent about 10 days in one of the prisons in Tobolsk while he was transferred to Omsk for penal servitude.

TOBOLSK, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY 21:  A dummy of a prison guard is seen in the museum of the Prison Castle in Tobolsk, Russia, on January 21, 2016. The Prison Castle, a strict regime prison in Tobolsk, was built during 1838-1855. The architectural ensemble consisted of several cell blocks, a hospital for prisoners, an administrative building, and other premises. Through it's history, especially during the Soviets, the conditions in the prison were considered stricter than in colony. One of the most famous prisoners of the prison were Mikhail Mikhaylov, Vladimir Korolenko, Nikolay Chernyshevski. Fyodor Dostoyevski, a famous Russian writer, spent about 10 days in one of the prisons in Tobolsk while he was transferred to Omsk for penal servitude. The prison was closed in 1989. Now the Prison Castle is opened to tourists. It accomodates the city archive, a museum, a hostel, a libraty, etc. Tourists can stay in a hostel which used to be a block of sweat-boxes (punishments cells).(Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)

A dummy of a prison guard is seen in the museum of the Prison Castle in Tobolsk, Russia

TOBOLSK, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY 21:  Prison robes and shackles are seen in the museum of the Prison Castle in Tobolsk, Russia, on January 21, 2016. The Prison Castle, a strict regime prison in Tobolsk, was built during 1838-1855. The architectural ensemble consisted of several cell blocks, a hospital for prisoners, an administrative building, and other premises. Through it's history, especially during the Soviets, the conditions in the prison were considered stricter than in colony. One of the most famous prisoners of the prison were Mikhail Mikhaylov, Vladimir Korolenko, Nikolay Chernyshevski. Fyodor Dostoyevski, a famous Russian writer, spent about 10 days in one of the prisons in Tobolsk while he was transferred to Omsk for penal servitude. The prison was closed in 1989. Now the Prison Castle is opened to tourists. It accomodates the city archive, a museum, a hostel, a libraty, etc. Tourists can stay in a hostel which used to be a block of sweat-boxes (punishments cells).(Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)

Prison robes and shackles

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It accommodates the city archive, a museum, a hostel and a library. Tourists can stay in a hostel which used to be a block of sweat-boxes (punishments cells).

TOBOLSK, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY 21:  A sink and a storer for hygiene items are seen in a mass cell in the Prison Castle in Tobolsk, Russia, January 21, 2016. The Prison Castle, a strict regime prison in Tobolsk, was built during 1838-1855. The architectural ensemble consisted of several cell blocks, a hospital for prisoners, an administrative building, and other premises. Through it's history, especially during the Soviets, the conditions in the prison were considered stricter than in colony. One of the most famous prisoners of the prison were Mikhail Mikhaylov, Vladimir Korolenko, Nikolay Chernyshevski. Fyodor Dostoyevski, a famous Russian writer, spent about 10 days in one of the prisons in Tobolsk while he was transferred to Omsk for penal servitude. The prison was closed in 1989. Now the Prison Castle is opened to tourists. It accomodates the city archive, a museum, a hostel, a libraty, etc. Tourists can stay in a hostel which used to be a block of sweat-boxes (punishments cells).(Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)

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TOBOLSK, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY 21: Doors of sweat-boxes are seen in the museum of the Prison Castle in Tobolsk, Russia, January 21, 2016. The Prison Castle, a strict regime prison in Tobolsk, was built during 1838-1855. The architectural ensemble consisted of several cell blocks, a hospital for prisoners, an administrative building, and other premises. Through it's history, especially during the Soviets, the conditions in the prison were considered stricter than in colony. One of the most famous prisoners of the prison were Mikhail Mikhaylov, Vladimir Korolenko, Nikolay Chernyshevski. Fyodor Dostoyevski, a famous Russian writer, spent about 10 days in one of the prisons in Tobolsk while he was transferred to Omsk for penal servitude. The prison was closed in 1989. Now the Prison Castle is opened to tourists. It accomodates the city archive, a museum, a hostel, a libraty, etc. Tourists can stay in a hostel which used to be a block of sweat-boxes (punishments cells).(Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)

Doors of sweat-boxes

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