Gulag: An Introduction

by Anne Applebaum

The word "GULAG" is the institution which ran the Soviet camps. But over time, the  word has also come to signify the system of Soviet slave labor itself, in all its forms and varieties: labour camps, punishment camps, criminal and political camps, women’s camps, children’s camps, transit camps. Even more broadly, “Gulag” has come to mean the Soviet repressive system itself.

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