Museums /Museum of the History of the Kuzbass penal system under the Main Administration of the Federal Service for the Execution of Punishments (GUFSIN) ifor Kemerovo oblast.
The Museum of the Kuzbass penal system was founded in 2000 under the Main Administration of the Federal Service of the Penal System for the Kemerovo oblast’ (GUFSIN) and is located in the Administration’s building. The creation of the Museum and the collection of material began in 2000 on the initiative of S.G. Marchenko, a retired police colonel. The Museum’s display is dedicated to the Russian penal system from the 16th century to the present day. The focus is on the camps and prisons in Western Siberia in the 20th century, i.e. to political persecution and political prisoners of the Soviet period. Relevant material is mainly found in the personal collections of former inmates of the SibLag, as well as NKVD employees. The exhibition features photographs and documents of inmates (including L.N. Gumilev, the Uzbek poet Usman Nasyr, the poetess A.A. Barkova, the soldier-informer Ia.G. Bronin, the writer and translator T.G. Gnedich). 2009 saw the publication of the book “Stranitsy istorii ugolovno-ispravitel’noi sistemy Kemerovskoi oblasti” [“Pages from the History of the Penal System in Kemerovo oblast’”]. Its author is S.G. Marchenko, the Director of the Museum and the book appeared on the occasion of the 130th anniversary of the Kuzbass penal system. (Information from March 2010). 
 
 
 
 
NameMuseum of the History of the Kuzbass penal system under the Main Administration of the Federal Service for the Execution of Punishments (GUFSIN) ifor Kemerovo oblast.
 
LocationKemerovo oblast'/Kemerovo town
 
Address650000, g.Kemerovo, pr.Lenina, 53-А
GUFSIN of Russia for Kemerovo oblast'
 
Status of museumMuseums//
 
SpecialisationMuseums//
 
Official contact detailsDirector – Sergei Grigorevich Marchenko
Tel. (+7-3842) 282344
Email of GUFSIN: gufsinkem@kemnet.ru
 
Description of museumThe Museum of the Kuzbass penal system was founded in 2000 under the Main Administration of the Federal Service of the Penal System for the Kemerovo oblast’ (GUFSIN) and is located in the Administration’s building, taking up 88 sq m. The creation of the Museum and the collection of material began in 2000 on the initiative of S.G. Marchenko, a retired police colonel. The Museum’s display is dedicated to the Russian penal system from the 16th century to the present day. The focus is on the camps and prisons in Western Siberia in the 20th century, i.e. to political persecution and political prisoners of the Soviet period. The Museum’s main aim is to educate and it is oriented not so much towards collecting and preserving original exhibits, as towards rcreating an overall impression of the topic.The permanent exhibition displays models of objects, replicas, lithographs, reproductions and documents from the GUFSIN and UVD archives and photographs from prisoners’ files. These are equipped with explanatory comments that feature on the stands in the form of an “explanatory dictionary of the Museum of the GUIN”. The Museum keeps photographic records of camp buildings and burial sites in Kemerovo oblast’. Relevant material is mainly found in the personal collections of former inmates of the SibLag, as well as NKVD employees. Personal collections held in the Museum include those of L.N. Gumilev, the Uzbek poet Usman Nasyr, the poetess A.A. Barkova, the soldier-informer Ia.G. Bronin, the writer and translator T.G. Gnedich. These collections contain photographs and copies of documents from prisoners’ and NKVD employees’ personal files that are held in the archives of the GUFSIN and the Information Centre of the GUVD for Kemerovo oblast’. In 2006 the section “Art from Siblag”, showing copies of the work of camp artists and their biographies, was added to the exhibition. In 2009 the picture “Landscape with a Windmill” was added to the collection, which had been presented to Petr Rybakov, director of the camp section No 16 (Kamyshskoe section) by inmates. It was given to the Museum by P. Rybakov’s son. 2009 also saw the publication of the book “Stranitsy istorii ugolovno-ispravitel’noi sistemy Kemerovskoi oblasti” [“Pages from the History of the Penal System in Kemerovo oblast’”]. Its author is S.G. Marchenko, the Director of the Museum and the book appeared on the occasion of the 130th anniversary of the Kuzbass penal system. It contains declassified documents and materials from the case files of so-called “enemies of the people”, as well as information on all directors of the Kuzbass penal system from 1940-2000. The Museum collaborates with other regional museums. At the inter-regional conference “Shatilovskie chteniia-2009” in Tomsk S.G. Marchenko, the director of the Museum, gave a paper entitled “Iagunovskaia “rasstrel’naia” zona 1937-1938 godov. Bol’ i pamiat’” [“The Iagonovskii “Execution” Zone of 1937-1938. Pain and Memory”] and at the conference “Tvorcheskii Siblag” [“The Creative SibLag”] he gave a paper on theatre in the Gulag. The visitors of the Museum comprise GUFSIN-staff, those attending meetings held at the Administration, schoolchildren and students of the town’s higher education institutes (those studying museum science do an internship at the Museum). There are lectures on the history of the system for the staff of the Administration. Materials from the Museum are published in a regular column in the Administration’s house journal “Vestnik ugolovno-ispravitel’noi sistemy Kuzbassa” [“Messenger of the Kuzbass Penal System”], entitled “Iz istorii UIS Kuzbassa” [“From the History of the Kuzbass Penal System”].
 
Opening timesFixed opening times.
 
How did the "Gulag" subject appear in the collection The topic of the Gulag is represented in the display since the foundation of the Museum in 2000.
 
Related activities on the subjectAt the inter-regional conference “Shatilovskie chteniia-2009” in Tomsk S.G. Marchenko, the director of the Museum, gave a paper entitled “Iagunovskaia “rasstrel’naia” zona 1937-1938 godov. Bol’ i pamiat’” [“The Iagonovskii “Execution” Zone of 1937-1938. Pain and Memory”] and at the conference “Tvorcheskii Siblag” [“The Creative SibLag”] he gave a paper on theatre in the Gulag. 2009 saw the publication of the book “Stranitsy istorii ugolovno-ispravitel’noi sistemy Kemerovskoi oblasti” [“Pages from the History of the Penal System in Kemerovo oblast’”]. Its author is S.G. Marchenko, the Director of the Museum and the book appeared on the occasion of the 130th anniversary of the Kuzbass penal system.
 
Years during which the museum worked on the subject From 2000, work is ongoing.
 
Beginning (year)2000
 
Acquisition and description of subject-related collections Additions to the Museum’s collection are mainly copies of archival documents.
 
Current state of collectionThe exhibition is open to visitors, the collection is being expanded.
 
Web page?Yes
 
 
Museums /Museum of the History of the Kuzbass penal system under the Main Administration of the Federal Service for the Execution of Punishments (GUFSIN) ifor Kemerovo oblast.