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Dostoyevsky's Prison: Locked Up in Siberia

A Siberian prison that once counted novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky among its inmates has opened its doors to the public for the first time. The Prison Castle, in Tobolsk, Russia, was built between 1838 and 1855 and closed in 1989. Tourists can now stay in a hostel that used to be a block of punishment cells. Photographer: Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images

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    A door to a former exercise yard in the prison museum in Tobolsk, Russia. Prisoners walked in one of six exercise yards every day, often for more than 30 minutes at a time. 

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    A model of a prison guard is displayed in a prison museum hallway. 

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    A sink and a storage unit in a former prison cell.

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    A portrait of a prisoner on a door in the hallway of the hostel in the prison. The hostel used to be a block of punishment cells, known as "sweat-boxes."  

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    An underground tunnel, which was used to move prisoners to their workplace and to other blocks of cells, in the prison museum.

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    A model of a prisoner is displayed in a former cell in the prison museum.

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    Mesh netting on the ceiling of one of the former exercise yards in the prison. 

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    A security guard walks by a security tower in the prison museum. 

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    Barbed wire above a wall where prisoners were executed.

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    A statue of the writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky in the city of Tobolsk, Russia.

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    A cell window in the prison museum. 

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    A door to one of the former cells in the prison museum. 

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    Prison robes and shackles.

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    A tourist passes by a doorway to one of the exercise yards in the prison museum. 

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