In August 2014, the first project expedition took place in Chara and the Kodar Range. The second one is scheduled on August 2016. There are so many fantastic spots in Siberia; the Chara Sands and the Kodar Mountains are the ones that top the list, though actually even Siberians are not always aware of those. The Chara Sands is a small northern desert 3 miles wide by 6 miles long embraced by the Siberian taiga and mountain peaks.
In the Marble Gorge area situated not far from the sand dunes you can find the ruins of the former Stalin's Gulag settlement—Borsky Work Camp. Standing 6,500 feet above sea level, the camp is a sort of an open-air museum with a mine adit, shacks, and household furnishings (some USSR artefacts are exhibited in the local historical museum). In the Soviet era, the area was uncharted, being marked on geographic maps as "mining settlement, non-housing". In the truest sense of the word, the USSR history grew into the rocks along the Sakukan River and the Stalin Road running down the bank and leading to the camp. The Road was used to deliver food for prisoners and superintendents. Now it's a mossed path though still discernible for travelers. Our goal is to fully analyze the ruins of the Borsky Camp for the article about the Stalin's camp, Kodar
and Chara Sands because we think it's important to keep the memory of the 20th century in Russia's history.