Landscapes of lakes, a view of a destroyed and abandoned railway, a helicopter is taking off, a general view of the tundra. The territory of the former Stalinist camps. The work of one of the sawmills in the North of Russia. Making coffins in the workshop, paper flowers. Former prisoners-repressed talk about their work on the construction of a railway in the tundra (synchronously). Everyday life of one of the rural families: work in the garden, lunch together at home. The interior of a rural house. Types of Moscow. The audience in one of the Moscow cafes, on the streets; tanks at the monument to Alexander Pushkin. The film uses newsreel footage of the 30s.