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Gulag: A History Setting & Symbolism

Anne Applebaum
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Dalstroi

Located in the Kolyma region, this was one of the largest camps in the Gulag. Many of the prisoners there worked in the gold mines. It was also known as one of the harshest camps.

Gulag

The Glavnoe Upravlenie Lagerei, or Main Camp Administration, was a division of the secret police that ran the labor camp system in the Soviet Union. Over time, "Gulag" has come to refer to the entire camp system, and more broadly the repressive system under the Soviet regime.

Katorga

Taken from a Czarist term for forced labor, katorga represented strictly regimented camps for war criminals. These camps came about after WWII.

Kolyma

This area is located in the far northeastern part of Russia on the Pacific coast. Dalstroi, one of the largest camp systems, was located here.

Komi

Komi is a northern region of Russia, located west of the Ural Mountains. A...

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