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Jul 7, 2015

Swimming in an abandoned Soviet prison camp in Estonia

Swimming in an abandoned Soviet prison camp in Estonia

This is Rummu, an abandoned Soviet prison and forced labor open mine located in Estonia. During the Soviet time, Rummu quarry was used as a mining site for Vasalemma marble and most of the workforce came from among the detainees of Murru prison. When the prison closed after 1991, pumps that once kept the quarry and the prison dry were shut down, causing water to fill the quarry. It has become an unofficial and unguarded swimming and diving spot, attracting locals and tourists.

Swimming in an abandoned Soviet prison camp in Estonia
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Man jumps into water from the roof of the abandoned Soviet time prison in Rummu quarry INTS KALNINS/REUTERS

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A woman jumps into water from the roof of Murru prison, an abandoned Soviet prison, in Rummu quarry INTS KALNINS/REUTERS

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People get ready to swim near Murru prison, an abandoned Soviet prison, in Rummu quarry INTS KALNINS/REUTERS

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People jump into the water near Murru prison, an abandoned Soviet prison, in Rummu quarry INTS KALNINS/REUTERS

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People swim near Murru prison, an abandoned Soviet prison, in Rummu quarry INTS KALNINS/REUTERS

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People get ready to swim near Murru prison, an abandoned Soviet prison, in Rummu quarry INTS KALNINS/REUTERS

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People swim near Murru prison, an abandoned Soviet prison, in Rummu quarry INTS KALNINS/REUTERS

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People sunbathe in Murru prison, an abandoned Soviet prison, in Estonia INTS KALNINS/REUTERS

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People swim near Murru prison, an abandoned Soviet prison, in Rummu quarry INTS KALNINS/REUTERS

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A man jumps into water from the roof of Murru prison, an abandoned Soviet prison, in Rummu quarry INTS KALNINS/REUTERS

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People swim near Murru prison, an abandoned Soviet prison, in Rummu quarry INTS KALNINS/REUTERS

Swimming in an abandoned Soviet prison camp in Estonia
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People sunbathe and swim in Murru prison, an abandoned Soviet prison, in Rummu quarry INTS KALNINS/REUTERS

Swimming in an abandoned Soviet prison camp in Estonia
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People swim inside Murru prison, an abandoned Soviet prison, in Rummu quarry INTS KALNINS/REUTERS

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