New Russia meets old Russia respectfully

It seems there is a whole culture involved in explaining prison-work camps in the former Soviet Union. Reading this, one can almost follow their rationalization for them.

The Guardian: October, 29, 2015
Russia’s Gulag camps cast in forgiving light of Putin nationalism
“Many Russians regard the horrors of the forced labour camps as a necessary evil during a difficult period of Soviet history.”

Larisa says she teaches her students one lesson about the Gulag, in which she typically divides the blackboard into two parts. On one side she puts the “military and industrial achievements” of the Stalin period, and on the other, the “unfortunate side-effects”, and lets the students decide for themselves whether the repression was justified.

Galina Ivanova, deputy director of a new Gulag museum that will opens in Moscow on Friday, says how the Gulag is remembered in different cities is largely down to individual museum directors. “You can either put up a big portrait of Stalin and note goldmining achievements, or you can put up death rates and haggard faces. Unfortunately, more often it’s the former.”

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5 comments on “New Russia meets old Russia respectfully

  1. Bullright says:

    Also a good article on ‘Putin Love and the S-300s.’


    • the unit says:

      Blind eyes will be watching soon. Or we won’t either. See Bunkerville. Can hide cold war, warm war, even the don’t ask, don’t tell war. Even though the tornado disrupted the closet spilling the beans..

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  2. Davetherave says:

    Bull I simply can’t think well of or put a pretty face on gulags. Not in the fashion the Soviet Union used them. The treatment of people can just be inhuman for nothing, but political reasons.

    I have no problem with maximum security prisons and hard labor for those a jury finds a person so lowlife they should go there. I also have no problem with places like Guantanamo where enemy combats are held for some tough ass interrogation to stop terrorist(s) or satanic butchers.

    But I do believe in ‘our’ justice system as set fourth by our Founders. Just my low informed opinion.

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    • Bullright says:

      Yep, Dave, it’s hard to spin them into a useful utility. Solzhenitsyn wasn’t a big fan either. Should we look for the finer points of the concentration camps and soap factories too? I tell you, it does jar the nerves a little.

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      • Davetherave says:

        Bull makes me think of how Barry and/or Hitlary would treat us in the concentration camps here. I can’t imagine I would be treated very well. I’m thinking about getting my first tattoo. Left ass cheek will read ‘exit’ and right ass cheek will read ‘only’. 😀



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