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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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 This former professor, a survivor of the Holocaust and gulags, is one of the collection’s highlights. Leah Mirakhor,, "The fraught lives of Angelenos and their real estate are the focus of Lydia Millet's superb 'Fight No More'," 8 June 2018 Yet his philosophy changed it largely for the worst: the 40% of humanity who lived under Marxist regimes for much of the 20th century endured famines, gulags and party dictatorships. The Economist, "Rulers of the world: read Karl Marx!," 3 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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