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Posted by on May 8, 2017 in History, Russia | 0 comments

In letters from Stalin’s labor camps, a window into Soviet political oppression

By Emily Johnson, Associate Professor of Russian, University of Oklahoma. Over a period of 30 years, millions of criminals and political prisoners were sent to Soviet labor camps. Wikimedia Commons In 2011, I was at the Hoover Institution Archives sifting through the papers of the Latvian poet and journalist Arsenii Formakov (1900-1983) when I noticed a…

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