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Soviet Russia and the Prisoners of Stalin

The death of Stalin in March 1953 sent a wave of revolutionary change across Russia, including the release of prisoners being held at labor camps. According to the Seventeen Moments in History source, “the first post-Stalin action of this kind was the amnesty issued by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on … Continue reading Soviet Russia and the Prisoners of Stalin

Freedom for Some

After the death of Stalin, the government freed many prisoners in gulags.  Amnesty was given to those under the age of 18, women who had children under 10 years old, pregnant women, men older than 55, women older than 50, and those suffering from incurable diseases like cancer.  In addition to this, if a prisoner’s…