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16th Apr '16 5:49:25 AM ScorpiusOB1
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* In ''{{Worldwar}}'', the Lizards who have surrendered to the Soviet Union after rebelling against the Fleetlord are imprisoned a Gulag.
16th Apr '16 1:32:19 AM MsChibi
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* On ''Series/TheXFiles'', Mulder and Kryczek are both sent to one of these. (Bizarrely, the series takes place ''after'' the Soviet era.) It turns out that [[spoiler: the Black Oil is being tested on human subjects there. Mulder and Kryczek are both exposed.]]
10th Mar '16 6:04:59 PM DoctorCooper
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''Literature/TheGulagArchipelago'', ''Literature/TheFirstCircle'' (about the Sharashka system) and ''Literature/OneDayInTheLifeOfIvanDenisovich'', all by the late, great Creator/AleksandrSolzhenitsyn, are highly recommended further reading. On the other hand many people criticize Solzhenitsyn for being biased and not entirely truthful, so the most informative author is probably Varlam Shalamov, also a former inmate of the Gulag, but not politically motivated and generally regarded as more accurate.

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''Literature/TheGulagArchipelago'', ''Literature/TheFirstCircle'' (about the Sharashka system) and ''Literature/OneDayInTheLifeOfIvanDenisovich'', all by the late, great late Creator/AleksandrSolzhenitsyn, are highly recommended further reading. On the other hand many people criticize Solzhenitsyn for being biased and not entirely truthful, so the most informative author is probably Varlam Shalamov, also a former inmate of the Gulag, but not politically motivated and generally regarded as more accurate.


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* Creator/AleksandrSolzhenitsyn wrote about this place, as described above.
6th Mar '16 3:07:40 PM MasoTey
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6th Mar '16 2:10:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* Not all the camps were up in Siberia. Many inmates would probably be sent off to a camp or prison closer to home before being transferred somewhere else. For example AleksandrSolzhenitsyn was incarcerated inside a fenced-in slum village in southern Kazakhstan, where he almost died from the terrible conditions, lack of fresh water and rampant diseases.

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* Not all the camps were up in Siberia. Many inmates would probably be sent off to a camp or prison closer to home before being transferred somewhere else. For example AleksandrSolzhenitsyn Creator/AleksandrSolzhenitsyn was incarcerated inside a fenced-in slum village in southern Kazakhstan, where he almost died from the terrible conditions, lack of fresh water and rampant diseases.



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12th Feb '16 1:55:16 PM DoctorCooper
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* In ''Literature/EnemiesAndAllies'', Superman gets captured and imprisoned there.
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29th Sep '15 8:29:20 PM Getheren
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That place where {{Stalin}} sends you if you don't behave. No, not [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim Hell]] but the next worst thing.

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That place where {{Stalin}} sends you if you don't behave. No, not [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim Hell]] but the next worst thing. \n[[note]]Some inmates would suggest that this comparison is too easy on the camps.[[/note]]
22nd May '15 2:25:29 AM aurora369
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Note that a similar labor camp system existed in TsaristRussia, but it was only used to imprison actual revolutionaries (and criminals), not merely tellers of anti-Tsar jokes. It supposedly[[note]]Note that Lenin was convicted for revolutionary agitation, a crime that entailed only the exile under police surveillance in the old Tsarist penal code. Actual violence carried much harsher penalty of a long "katorga" sentence, a brutal hard labor regime that saw most of the inmates die in a year or two. Also, Lenin was a petty noble rather than a commoner, and this meant being exempt from the worst excesses of the Tsarist prison system. Stalin on the other hand was a commoner, and he went to a commoners' prison in Turukhansk, Northern Siberia, which was much worse and which probably inspired ''his'' prison system.[[/note]] was also much nicer -- Lenin himself noted that it was one of the best times of his life, with the rich Siberian countryside doing wonders for his health and lax policing leaving plenty of time for the revolutionary prisoners to fraternize and catch up on their reading. When he and the Bolsheviks took over, they went out of their way to show those incompetent Tsarists how prison camps are supposed to be run, by basing all sentences on the harshest Tsarist "katorga" regimes. In the post-WWII period, even the actual word "katorga" was revived for a brief time.

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Note that a similar labor camp system existed in TsaristRussia, but it was only used to imprison actual revolutionaries (and criminals), not merely tellers of anti-Tsar jokes. It supposedly[[note]]Note that Lenin was convicted for revolutionary agitation, a crime that entailed only the exile under police surveillance in the old Tsarist penal code. Actual violence carried much harsher penalty of a long "katorga" sentence, a brutal hard labor regime that saw most of the inmates die in a year or two. Also, Lenin was a petty noble rather than a commoner, and this meant being exempt from the worst excesses of the Tsarist prison system. Stalin on the other hand was a commoner, commoner ''and'' a violent field operative, and he went to a commoners' prison in Turukhansk, Northern Siberia, which was much worse and which probably inspired ''his'' prison system.[[/note]] was also much nicer -- Lenin himself noted that it was one of the best times of his life, with the rich Siberian countryside doing wonders for his health and lax policing leaving plenty of time for the revolutionary prisoners to fraternize and catch up on their reading. When he and the Bolsheviks took over, they went out of their way to show those incompetent Tsarists how prison camps are supposed to be run, by basing all sentences on the harshest Tsarist "katorga" regimes. In the post-WWII period, even the actual word "katorga" was revived for a brief time.
22nd May '15 2:23:00 AM aurora369
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Note that a similar labor camp system existed in TsaristRussia, but it was only used to imprison actual revolutionaries (and criminals), not merely tellers of anti-Tsar jokes. It supposedly[[note]]Note that Lenin was convicted for revolutionary agitation, a crime that entailed only the exile under police surveillance in the old Tsarist penal code. Actual violence carried much harsher penalty of a long "katorga" sentence, a brutal hard labor regime that saw most of the inmates die in a year or two. Also, Lenin was a petty noble rather than a commoner, and this meant being exempt from the worst excesses of the Tsarist prison system.[[/note]] was also much nicer -- Lenin himself noted that it was one of the best times of his life, with the rich Siberian countryside doing wonders for his health and lax policing leaving plenty of time for the revolutionary prisoners to fraternize and catch up on their reading. When he and the Bolsheviks took over, they went out of their way to show those incompetent Tsarists how prison camps are supposed to be run, by basing all sentences on the harshest Tsarist "katorga" regimes. In the post-WWII period, even the actual word "katorga" was revived for a brief time.

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Note that a similar labor camp system existed in TsaristRussia, but it was only used to imprison actual revolutionaries (and criminals), not merely tellers of anti-Tsar jokes. It supposedly[[note]]Note that Lenin was convicted for revolutionary agitation, a crime that entailed only the exile under police surveillance in the old Tsarist penal code. Actual violence carried much harsher penalty of a long "katorga" sentence, a brutal hard labor regime that saw most of the inmates die in a year or two. Also, Lenin was a petty noble rather than a commoner, and this meant being exempt from the worst excesses of the Tsarist prison system. Stalin on the other hand was a commoner, and he went to a commoners' prison in Turukhansk, Northern Siberia, which was much worse and which probably inspired ''his'' prison system.[[/note]] was also much nicer -- Lenin himself noted that it was one of the best times of his life, with the rich Siberian countryside doing wonders for his health and lax policing leaving plenty of time for the revolutionary prisoners to fraternize and catch up on their reading. When he and the Bolsheviks took over, they went out of their way to show those incompetent Tsarists how prison camps are supposed to be run, by basing all sentences on the harshest Tsarist "katorga" regimes. In the post-WWII period, even the actual word "katorga" was revived for a brief time.
21st May '15 7:08:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Special Project Prisons or Sharashkas. Seen in books like ''TheFirstCircle'' (based on Solzhenitsyn's own experiences at a Sharashka). These were {{Luxury Prison Suite}}s for useful scientists and engineers. Cryptography, nuclear weapons and the Soviet space program all used Sharashka.

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* The Special Project Prisons or Sharashkas. Seen in books like ''TheFirstCircle'' ''Literature/TheFirstCircle'' (based on Solzhenitsyn's own experiences at a Sharashka). These were {{Luxury Prison Suite}}s for useful scientists and engineers. Cryptography, nuclear weapons and the Soviet space program all used Sharashka.
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