noun, often capitalized
gu·​lag | \ ˈgü-ˌläg How to pronounce gulag (audio) \

Definition of gulag

: the penal system of the U.S.S.R. consisting of a network of labor camps also : labor camp sense 1

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This at a time when the penalty for such an offense could be death by execution, or almost certain death in the gulag. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Pavlik Morozov Is the Patron Saint of Cancel Culture," 2 July 2019 Nadym, a former gulag camp, is now a booming town of gas workers. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "U.S. Sanctions Bring Kremlin, Russian Oligarchs Closer Together," 29 Nov. 2018 Chinese authorities have rounded up more than a million Uyghurs, throwing them into a network of concentration camps or reeducation camps: a gulag. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 20 June 2019 This was after his grandparents had survived Stalin’s gulags, as well as the Soviet famine of 1934, a foodless time that killed between six and eight million people. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Meeting Gorbachev, Werner Herzog's Documentary, Is a Historical Thriller for Today," 27 May 2019 North Korea has been ruled by the malevolent Kim family, which has turned the top half of the peninsula into the world’s most totalitarian and isolated state, complete with a personality cult and a gulag system. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Talk of peace with North Korea has the South wondering: Will this time be different?," 28 Apr. 2018 Republicans used to fetishize the willingness of their leaders to boldly stand tall to the world’s dictators, imagining that the correct combination of inspirational rhetoric would eventually tear down the gulags by sheer force of oratory. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Now Sounds Like a Fan of North Korean Repression," 12 June 2018 Sentenced to 10 years in the gulag, she was loaded into a cattle truck for the 2,800-mile trip to a labor camp in central Siberia. Fox News, "How the woman who identified Hitler's dental remains ended up in prison," 16 July 2018 The bowl of soup that Viktor Shtrum, a nuclear physicist (played by Mr Kuryshev), leaves in his Moscow flat is finished by a prisoner in the gulag. The Economist, "A great Russian director brings history to life on stage," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of gulag

1974, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gulag

Russian, from Glavnoe upravlenie ispravitel'notrudovykh lagereĭ chief administration of corrective labor camps

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