This book presents the account of the camp system.
The period of establishment and development of the Gulag as a centralized punitive-repressive system in the USSR (1929–1937) saw significant changes in the management order existing in the Solovki Special Purpose Camp, the regime of maintenance, prisoners’ living conditions, and sustainable practices of everyday interaction between prisoners and the camp administration. Prisoners who found themselves in the Solovki camp after 1929 had a wider range of options for adaptation and survival. The only question was whether the prisoner was ready to take advantage of these opportunities. The moral beliefs of the prisoner, their attitude toward the Soviet rule, physical health, and affiliation with a particular social group of prisoners influenced the choice of survival strategies in each case. The subject of this article is the classification and analysis of the forms of cooperation between inmates and the camp administration, which inevitably arose during the adaptation of prisoners. Keywords: SLON (Solovki Special Purpose Camp), camp community, survival strategies of prisoners, adaptation in corrective labour camp, cooperation between inmates and camp administration, established practices of interaction in corrective labour camp.
Review of the book "Children of the Gulag". This groundbreaking book offers a comprehensive documentary history of children whose parents were identified as enemies of the Soviet regime from its inception through Joseph Stalin's death. When parents were arrested, executed, or sent to the Gulag, their children also suffered. Millions of children, labeled "socially dangerous," lost parents, homes, and siblings. Co-edited by Cathy A. Frierson, a senior American scholar, and Semyon S. Vilensky, Gulag survivor and compiler of the Russian documents, the book offers documentary and personal perspectives.
The Soviet Gulag: Evidence, Interpretation, and Comparison