History Main / TheGulag

16th May '17 9:48:03 AM nombretomado
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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'' 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, UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia, but it was only used to imprison actual revolutionaries (and criminals), not merely tellers of anti-Tsar jokes. It ''supposedly'' 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 Feb '17 4:47:35 PM Shadoboy
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* The first season of the animated shorts ''Usavich'', show the life of two antropomorphic rabbits in a Gulag. They don't seem to mind too much about being imprisioned, though, as former laborer Putin is pretty optimistic and enjoys the free food, while his cellmate, former mafia boss Kirenenko doesn't really care about anything besides his magazines about sneakers (and if he gets angry, he can easily beat the guards into sumbission). The second season has them escaping the Gulag and shows their life while on the run.
6th Oct '16 10:11:14 AM Tightwire
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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'' 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.

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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'' 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]] ''supposedly'' 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.
27th Sep '16 4:04:36 AM Morgenthaler
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That place where {{Stalin}} sends you if you don't behave. No, not [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim Hell]] but the next worst thing.[[note]]Some inmates would suggest that this comparison is too easy on the camps.[[/note]]

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That place where {{Stalin}} UsefulNotes/JosephStalin sends you if you don't behave. No, not [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim Hell]] but the next worst thing.[[note]]Some inmates would suggest that this comparison is too easy on the camps.[[/note]]
25th Jul '16 7:06:52 PM PantaroP
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* One of the main locations of ''Film/MuppetsMostWanted'', as Kermit is taken there after being mistaken for his criminal doppelganger Constantine. The warden Nadya has watched every prison escape movie ever made, so she's not letting Kermit escape, even if she knows he's not Constantine. Also, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmdjARY8rfw there's a whole musical number]], and [[AdamWesting Danny Trejo]] is there.
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9th Jun '16 3:38:05 PM DoctorCooper
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* In Manga/{{Bakuon}}, Hayakawa remembers being sent to TheGulag in Siberia in the wake of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
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18th May '16 12:02:40 PM Surenity
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* ''Literature/{{Odinochka}}: Armenian Tales from the Gulag'' follows an Armenian political prisoner at a Siberian gulag in 1930, as he narrates the circumstances that brought his fellow Armenian prison mates to the gulag before eventually starting a fight with one of them and being thrown in The Hole, [[spoiler: where he slowly freezes to death over the course of the novel]].
6th May '16 10:01:08 PM DoctorCooper
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* In ''{{Worldwar}}'', the Lizards who have surrendered to the Soviet Union after rebelling against the Fleetlord are imprisoned a Gulag.

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* In ''{{Worldwar}}'', ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'', the Lizards who have surrendered to the Soviet Union after rebelling against the Fleetlord are imprisoned a Gulag.
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.]]
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