KGB Cells Museum is located on Riia Hill, across the street from the Ekraan cinema, in a grey building which was used in the 1940s and 1950s by the NKVD/KGB. The basement level, once used as a remand prison for political prisoners, is open to visitors. Part of the cells, the lock-ups and the corridor have been restored to their original condition. Other former cells house an exhibition on WWII, the post-war fight for Estonia’s independence, the crimes of the communist regime and the realities of life in a remand prison. Among other things, the exhibition includes photos and items from prison camps in Siberia, materials on Estonian partisans (the so-called Forest Brothers) and the history of underground resistance organisations as well as on political dissent, including Aleksander Solzenitsyn’s connection to Estonia.
Up until 18th of January there is once again the chance to see one of our previous exhibitions “Inta. Special camp no. 1”.
The exhibition gives an overview on a prison camp that was located in Komi area (northwestern Russia). Many Estonians were captivated and sent there as political prisoners during 1940s and 1950s.