North Korean Labor Camps - VICE NEWS - Part 3 of 7


Uploaded by vice on Dec 19, 2011

Transcript:

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SHANE SMITH: So after traveling across Siberia on
one train, deep into the middle of nowhere, we switched
to another train going even deeper into
the middle of nowhere.
And finally, after two and a half very drunken days on the
train, we arrived in Tynda, where the North Korean
administrative camp was.

So we just got to Tynda.
Some say it's the worst town in all of Russia--
the most depressing.
And we're actually going to try to go to the office that
runs all the North Koreans in the region and see if we can
ask them some questions.

We met this cop on the train.
He seemed liked a nice guy.
He got the thugs away from us when things got a bit drunk-y.
And so then he's offered to help us, which is good.
Because when we went to the hotel to check in, we
didn't check in.
Why?
Because the FSB, who used to be the KGB, are asking about
us, saying, let us know when they check in.
So the lady said, I'll let them know, but I'm letting you
know that I'm letting them know.
So we're like, OK, we won't be staying there.
So we stayed in an apartment where the water
smelled like gasoline.
And now we have a cop that we're going to bring with us,
so we seem more official when we go meet the North Koreans.

We just got here, and we see posters
of Kim Il-Sung already.
And also it says here that they will lay their lives down
for the revolution of the great leader, Kim Jong-Il.
What are we waiting for, by the way?
SIMON OSTROVSKY: For one of the bosses of the camp.
SHANE SMITH: Look, he's got, like, a Kim Il-Sung pin and
everything.
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SHANE SMITH: So the North Koreans don't want us to go
into the North Korean camp?
SIMON OSTROVSKY: They don't want to go into the north
Korean camp.
SHANE SMITH: That's very surprising.

So we came out here to the outskirts of Tynda and we
found the North Korean
Administration Camp Number Two.
Surprise, surprise, they won't let us in.
But we're going to go deeper into the interior to find the
actual work camps and see if we can talk
to some of the dudes.

So we're leaving on a one-car train to go to the north
Korean camps.
It's a one-car train.
That goes into the middle of nowhere.
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SHANE SMITH: So this is our chief of police, and he's
breaking in to the North Korean camp.
Oh shit, We're literally getting caught
looting right now.
SIMON OSTROVSKY: We should get the vodka.
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