The terror that was the Gulag
The prisons and labor camps of Siberia
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The Gulag was the government agency in charge of the vast Soviet network of prisons and labor camps that came into being shortly after the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia in 1917. Reaching its peak during Stalin's rule from the 1930s to the early 1950s, the Gulag became synonymous with misery, murder, and terror as Siberia gained its notorious connotation of punishment. The Gulag system was abolished in 1957, but the very word still invokes the fear and repression that swept throughout the Soviet Union during the first half of the 20th century.
Click through the following gallery and be reminded just what it was like to be imprisoned in the Gulag.
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