Inmates at Vorkuta who were forced to work in the region's coal mines went on strike during the Vorkuta uprising in July 1953. The mostly passive strike was put down on 1 August, when troops were ordered to fire at the strikers resulting in the deaths of at least 42 prisoners including Mendriks.
- Servant of God Fr. Janis Mendriks MIC 1907–1953
- (Italian) Servant of God Janis Mendriks: Priest and martyr
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