kolyma gulag


Kolyma and other former gulag sites

In the winter of 1937, a young Russian woman named Eugenia Ginzburg was falsely accused of revolutionary activities and sent to a labor camp for the next 18 years. During the 1930s, after Joseph Stalin assumed control of the Soviet Union, millions of Soviet citizens like Ginzburg were imprisoned in labor camps known by the acronym GULAG. At the height of the Stalinist purges, Russians were sent to the gulag for crimes as petty as making jokes about Stalin. The camps were infamous for their harsh treatment of prisoners and millions died before finishing their sentences.

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