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The My GULAG Archive of Video Interviews

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The story of a particular prisoner or their relatives

The museum personnel have filmed interviews with ex-prisoners of labour camps and family members who were directly affected by the mass repressions, as well as with employees of the GULAG system. Each video tells the story of a particular prisoner or their relatives, including their arrest, investigation and sentence. However, every film also represents an individual tragedy. In many cases, this is the first time the interviewee has chosen to tell his story.

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Olga Sergeevna Chetvertukhina

Olga's grandfather, protopriest Nikolay Chetvertukhin, was arrested in 1930, after his parish had been shut down and demolished. Some of his congregants were imprisoned with him.


Galina Alekseevna Denisko

Thirty-one members of Galina's family suffered political repression. In 1929, her grandfather refused to join a kolkhoz, which is why the family was expropriated and sent into exile to the Russian Far East.


Alexander Vladimirovich Erokhin

Alexander was sent to a labour camp as a teenager for his letter to Stalin where he criticised the Communist Party's policy and spoke up about the hardships of the peasants.


Mikhail Mikhailovich Bogen

Mikhail's father was a well-educated man devoted to the Communist Party. Since the age of 14, he had been fighting against counter-revolutionaries and enemies.


Alexander Albertovich Snovsky

Alexander was sentenced to 10 years in labour camps for keeping a broken toy pistol and wrappers from Lithuanian sweets at his home — knick-knacks from the days when he was a summer camp leader.


Zoya Georgievna Ekenina (Nepomnyaschikh)

In the 1930s, Zoya's family was victimised for being Orthodox Christians. Her father and brother were the first ones to get arrested and executed by a firing squad.


Sergey Petrovich Afanasyev

Sergey was suddenly arrested during his military service in the Russian Far East. Only after 6 months in prison, he learned the verdict: 10 years in labour camps for anti-Soviet propaganda.


Alexander Albertovich Snovsky

Alexander was sentenced to 10 years in labour camps for keeping a broken toy pistol and wrappers from Lithuanian sweets at his home — knick-knacks from the days when he was a summer camp leader.


Other videos of the project are available on the website

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The GULAG History Museum falls into the category of a memorial museum, due to its subject matter, mission and historical background. It is intended to be public space that exposes, studies and brings to light the problems related to the history of mass repressions, forced labour, and lack of political freedom in the USSR.

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