Kolyma Highway extends about 1,260 miles between Nizhny Bestyakh and Magadan in Russia’s desolate, brutally cold Far East region. The route was intended to give access to the gold mines in Magadan, but working on its construction was equivalent to a death sentence for the prisoners from the Stalinist Gulag labor camps, who built it using hand implements. Hundreds of thousands who died there were buried beside the road or in the roadbed itself, which is why Kolyma Highway is also known as the Road of Bones.
Which Pacific port city in Russia has a name that means “Ruler of the East”?
Previous answer: The Turtle, a submarine used during the American Revolution, was invented by David Bushnell.
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