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Origins of the Gulag

Yagoda, Gulag, Moscow-Volga Canal, 1934
Yagoda inspects a Gulag project

EXTRACT FOR SUBSCRIBERS ONLY. Orlando Figes, Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991 (Pelican, 2014), pp. 219-23.

The word 'Gulag' is an acronym for the Main Administration of Corrective Labour Camps and Colonies. The Soviet prison system started as a means of isolating 'counter-revolutionary elements'. But with the beginning of the Five Year Plan it became a form of economic colonization... [FULL TEXT 974 WORDS]

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