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Virtual museum of the GULag created

pictures, videos and survivors's testimony online

Inauguration of the "Archives sonores, mémoires européennes du goulag" (Audio archives, European memories of the GULag). The Website is the first virtual museum devoted to the concentration camps in the former Soviet Union, and it collects 160 souvenirs of the survivors, pictures and videos.

The virtual museum has been created thanks to the cooperation of Russian and Caucasian world's Research Center and Radio France International.

the virtual museum

15 March 2011

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the Soviet labour camps

GULag is the acronym, introduced in 1930, of Gosudarstvennyj Upravlenje Lagerej (General Direction of the lagers).
In 1918, with the beginning of civil war, the Soviet system created a broad network of concentration camps for the political opponents of the newly created Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics (the USSR). In 1919 the Soviets created the forced labour division. Forced labour was designed to socially redeem the detainees according to the very Soviet constitution. Besides the economic and punishment function, some lagers also worked in order to murder the deportees.

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