What does gulag mean?

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ˈgu lɑggu·lag

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gulag(noun)

    a Russian prison camp for political prisoners


  1. gulag(Noun)

    A prison camp.

  2. gulag(Noun)

    A generic name for the system of all Soviet prison camps.

  3. Origin: From the acronym ГУЛАГ: Главное управление исправительно-трудовых лагерей, Glávnoye upravléniye ispravítel’no-trudovýkh lageréi (translates to: Chief Administration of Corrective-Labor Camps, Main Directorate for Places of Detention, Main Administration of Corrective Labor Camps, etc.)


  1. Gulag

    The Gulag was the Soviet Union government agency that administered the main Soviet forced labor camp systems during the Stalin era, from the 1930s through the 1950s. While the camps housed a wide range of convicts, from petty criminals to political prisoners, large numbers were convicted by simplified procedures, such as NKVD troikas and other instruments of extrajudicial punishment. The Gulag is recognized as a major instrument of political repression in the Soviet Union. GULag is the acronym for Chief Administration of Corrective Labor Camps and Colonies of the NKVD. It was officially created on April 25, 1930 and dissolved on January 13, 1960. Although, the first labor camps were established right after the revolution, in 1918. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, winner of the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature, introduced the term to the Western world with the publication of The Gulag Archipelago in 1973. The book likened the scattered camps to "a chain of islands" and depicted the Gulag as a system where people were worked to death. Some scholars concur with this view, whereas others argue that the Gulag was neither as large nor as deadly as it is often presented, and it did not have death camps, although during some periods of its history, mortality was high in the labor camps.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gulag in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gulag in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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