Objects & Places from The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956

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Article 58

This deals with crimes against public order and organized gangsterism in 14 sections.

Butyrki Prison

This is located in a grim red brick fortress.

Cheka

This is also known by the acronyms GPU, OGPU, NKVD, NKBG, MGB, MVD, and KGB.

Decembrists

This is a group of Russian officers who lead an unsuccessful uprising against Tsar Nicholas I in 1825.

Gulag

This is the Soviet penal system under Stalin.

Kolyma

This is the region of northeast Siberia where Stalin's labor camps are concentrated.

Krasnaya Presnya

This is the transit prison in Moscow.

Lubyanka

This is the six-story headquarters of the Soviet state security building.

SMERSH

This is the Russian acronym for death to spies.

Special Board (OSO)

This is the three-man board of the People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs.

Sukhanovka Prison

This is the worst prison run by the MGB, and this name is hissed threateningly at prisoners to intimidate...

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