What is gulag?

  • (noun): A Russian prison camp for political prisoners.


The Gulag (Russian: ГУЛаг, GULag; ) was the Soviet Union government agency that administered the main Soviet forced labor camp systems during the Stalin era, from the 1930s through the 1950s. While the camps housed a wide range of convicts, from petty criminals to political prisoners, large numbers were convicted by simplified procedures, such as NKVD troikas and other instruments of extrajudicial punishment. The Gulag is recognized as a major instrument of political repression in the Soviet Union.

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Center For History And New Media - Public Outreach
... Gulag Many Days, Many Lives is a web-based exhibit funded by NEH and being developed in collaboration with the Gulag Museum in Perm, Russia, will provide a multifaceted ...
Alexander Ulanovsky - Gulag
... He was arrested in 1949 as a former anarchist and sentenced to 10 years of hard labor in the Gulag ...
Thomas Sgovio
... was an American artist, ex-Communist, and former inmate of a Soviet Union GULAG camp in Kolyma ... learned of the conflict in the Pacific when machine parts wrapped in old newspapers arrived in the Gulag having been diverted from the US Lend-Lease program with the USSR ... and later wrote about the starvation and deaths of countless Gulag prisoners and victims of the Soviet authorities ...
Jacques Rossi
... Rossi was best known for his books on the Gulag ... he wrote his memoires and an "encyclopedia on the Gulag" as he referred to it in conversation ... As Jacques Rossi he wrote about his experiences of the Gulag - The Gulag Handbook, which was originally written in Russian and was translated into ...