National Geographic : 1924 Dec
704 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE EXILES ON THEIR WAY TO DESTINATIONS ALONG THE LENA Under the Tsarist regime most of the political exiles were sent to central and western Siberia; the convicts were confined mainly to the Lena territory. AN EXILE CAMP Until 1900, convicts were exiled to Siberia in great numbers. Many abuses arose from the system, and, later, imprisonment was substituted for exile, except in the case of political offenders. The practice was abolished during the World War. An unforgettable picture of the life of the exile is contained in Dostoievsky's "Buried Alive in Siberia," written after the author's experience of four terrible years, in which he described himself as "a man buried alive, nailed down in his coffin."