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A Diary From Inside the Gulag Meets Evil with Lightness - The New York Times
A unique chronicle written from the Gulag emerged after 70 years, requiring dogged detective work to unearth the author’s identity.
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january 2018 by capcrime
Vladimir Putin Is Russia’s Marlo Stanfield - The Daily Beast
RT @Russian_Starr: My argument that Vladimir Putin is the real life Marlo Stanfield.
december 2016 by maxfenton
The Plot to Free North Korea With Smuggled Episodes of 'Friends' | WIRED
How revolutionaries are disrupting #NorthKorea regime mind control by smuggling in outside films radio & TV shows
north  korea  smuggling  usb  TV  film  china  gulag  pop  culture  psychology  2ghcj 
april 2015 by csrollyson
It was only when I lay there on rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first stirrings of good. Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart, and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. Even within hearts overwhlemed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained; and even in the best of all hearts, there remains a small corner of evil.
november 2014 by pink
Uprising in the Gulag | The weblog of Inscius /ˈiː
Today someone sent me a link to the Wikipedia page about the Kengir uprising, a 1954 revolt in one of the Soviet Gulag camps. I had not heard of such things before. It is a very interesting read. The prisoners/freedom fighters are impressively well organised, and there are also some who seem to practice religious messianism. In times and places with quick fundamental changes, many things can happen. New culture (more or less) is formed. It can develop into nicer things, or worse things. Although worse than a Gulag camp is maybe not easy to find.

I have not read more about this than the Wikipedia page, but there is something quite astonishing in there. The prison was surrounded by the authorities, in order to contain it, and eventually take control back:

The guards broadcast propaganda over loudspeakers into the camp, urging surrender and decrying the loss of days of valuable prison labor and the alleged detrimental effect it was having on the Soviet economy.

I have seldom read something more tragicomical. I am not trying to invoke the “prison planet” theme here, but it reminds me of the richer getting richer while complaining about the poor. Even modest demands for better conditions and a decent life are met with claims that increase in workers’ salaries will be detrimental to “the Economy”, maybe the hungriest and greediest god in human history.

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june 2014 by davidmarsden

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