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Magadan is a city and port on the North-East of Russia, capital of Magadan Region. This city is situated of the shore of Sea of Okhotsk . It is called sunny Magadan, because of the white nights in the summer, when the sun doesn't set. However, it isn't warm there: the average year temperature is below zero, because the climate is subarctic. Sunny Magadan is famous for its gold fields and for that the people, working at the golden fields and other different natural deposits were prisoners of Soviet time, political as well. The climate of the region is very hard, so sometimes working on the fields and road making were something like annihilation. This gloomy period finished in 1950-s, and only the monument "Mask of Sorrow" reminds us of that times.

"Mask of Sorrow" is one of the main Magadan sights. It is a 15-metres architectural-sculptural monument, devoted to the victims of Stalinism and GULAG lagers. The monument is a crying human face, and tears are running from its left eye. Tears are little masks. On the reverse side of the monument crying women and beheaded man on a cross are presented. The right eye is a grilled window. Inside there is a typical prison cell of 1930-50-s. Sculptor is Ernst Neizvestny, architector - Kamil Kazaev. Monument was opened on the June, 12, 1996.





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