noun, often capitalized
gu·​lag | \ˈgü-ˌläg \

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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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 Does handing over two or three thousand dollars help fund the weapons program, gulag fence-mending or the purchase of medicine? Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "Dennis Rodman might go to Singapore. Here’s the story of his friendship with Kim Jong Un.," 6 June 2018 Tens of thousands of people accused of political crimes are in North Korea’s vast gulag of work camps and prisons, according to Amnesty International. Matt Stiles,, "Will President Trump bring up North Korea's dreadful human rights record when he meets Kim Jong Un?," 11 June 2018 He is believed to have ordered dozens of executions, including the killing of his own uncle, and North Korea still runs a network of prison gulags. New York Times, "Keeping Summit Hopes Alive Suggests Kim Jong-un May Need a Deal," 26 May 2018 The country's dire human rights situation and the 100,000 people believed to be imprisoned in gulag-like prisons were not expected to feature prominently in Tuesday's discussions. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Singapore summit: Anxious world awaits outcome of high-stakes talks," 12 June 2018 Instead Russia exchanged one form of political oppression – the tsars – for Communism and the despotism of Stalin, the reign of terror and the gulags. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "A Century Ago, the Romanovs Met a Gruesome End," 26 June 2018 The rest of the world is looking at America and our growing immigration gulag and wondering what the hell happened here. Will Bunch,, "'Never again'? 'Again' is happening right now on America's border. What will you do? | Will Bunch," 10 June 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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