As far as I am avare, there are many Poles , Belarussians, Jews, Ukrainians and others from the Baltic States,who settled ( not from their choice) in that area of Kotlas. They were there from the pre-first World War and have an association and community to this day.It was enlarged by Poles from the later deportations. I am not sure if your relative was in Yagodnoye-or someone elses from our group. Their stories are told on internet by several members-sadly not all that pleasant- and if a tour were to visit them- no mater from which country, and to speak to them they would welcome them with open arms.
Kotlas was not a severe sort of restriction, but the locality was sufficient for you not to escape-as some sugested-remoteness and harshness generally.
Today, the Limenda undertaking is one of the largest in the world, as it provides nearly 20% of Russia's needs and exports worlwide; timber and various timber products.
Poles and their descendants earlier on and now, are part of that project.
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There are others to choose from as well as learn of their life.