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Jul 7, 2015

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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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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