I found the prison to be very interesting, but I have to admit that I thought that it was going to be a more hardcore prison. This was a military prison where men were sent mostly for minor infractions and then returned back to military duty. That is not to say that the time they spent in Karosta Prison was a piece of cake because it certainly wasn't. You need to take a tour to see the prison. Our guide was a woman dressed in a Soviet uniform and she was very knowledgeable.
I found the entire history of the Karosta area really fascinating. You should take the time to walk around and see the Soviet Bloc housing. It's everywhere. Sadly, this is an area that is still extremely run down. The St Nicholas Maritime Cathedral is there as well and was part of the Karosta Naval Base area. It is a beautiful Russian Orthodox cathedral. We went in to take a look and there was a service going on which was interesting to watch.
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