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gulag (n.)

system of prisons and labor camps, especially for political detainees, in the former Soviet Union; rough acronym from Russian Glavnoe upravlenie ispravitel'no-trudovykh lagerei "Chief Administration of Corrective Labor Camps," set up in 1931.

updated on October 02, 2012

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Definitions of gulag from WordNet

gulag (n.)
a Russian prison camp for political prisoners;
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