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Getman Painting - Working in the Diamond Mines

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Prisoners mined for diamonds (as well as gold and uranium) in the Kolyma region of Russia’s Far East.  As they did when digging for gold, forced laborers had to work the permafrost with the most basic of tools.

These forced laborers had quotas which impacted their long (14-to-16 hour) days.  It was very hard work just to find a gram of diamonds.

Nikolai Getman created the painting depicted in this image - “Yakutsk Diamonds” - which measures 33.8 x 33.8 inches.  The original work is now maintained by the Jamestown Foundation. 


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Image, described above, online courtesy Jamestown Foundation.

 

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