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Posts tagged “Gulag

Mugshot of Boris Nikolayevich Rozenfeld, a victim of the Great Purge; ca. 1935

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From a series of Great Purge-era mugshots.

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Prisoners work at Belbaltlag, a Gulag camp for building the White Sea-Baltic Sea Canal; ca. 1932

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Usually these pictures were propaganda and featured criminals, not political prisoners. Read Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn for a good description of “shock battalions” in the gulags. Note the plump faces and clothes on these prisoners.