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Gulag (ˈɡuːlæɡ Pronunciation for Gulag



  1. (formerly) the central administrative department of the Soviet security service, established in 1930, responsible for maintaining prisons and forced labour camps
  2. (not capital) any system used to silence dissents

Word Origin

C20: from Russian G( lavnoye) U( pravleniye Ispravitelno-Trudovykh) Lag( erei) Main Administration for Corrective Labour Camps

Example Sentences Including 'Gulag'

All this she had ignored, just as she had ignored the realities of the state trials of the Gulag.
Higgins, Jack Confessional
By the 1980s, the main political victims of the Gulag were the refuseniks, Soviet Jews who were denied visas to emigrate to Israel.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Caroline Elkins's Britain's Gulag draws on today's memory as much as from yesterday's documents.
Times, Sunday Times (2005)
Gorbachev finally decided to grant a general pardon to all political prisoners of the Gulag that same year.
Globe and Mail (2003)
It is as if Stalin, Beria, the Gulag , the Wall, indestructible Gromyko, never existed.
Forbes, Bryan The Endless Game
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander, The Gulag Archipelago, New York (1974).
Bramwell, Anna C Refugees in the Age of Total War
That's what they want to know in the psychiatric hospitals and the prison camps of the Gulag.
Brierley, David Snowline
Too many Russians have memories of Stalin's Gulag and the widespread repression of the Soviet era.
India Today (1996)
`Sungai Gulag Gulag is a model for the rest of the country," says Towhid Mockthi, who was appointed to manage the village.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)


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