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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and the Gulag Archipelago (Part 2)

In 1956, Solzhenitsyn was released from exile by the Soviet government. In 1962, Nikita Khrushchev, the leader of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), ordered the publication of Solzhenitsyn’s series of works depicting life in labor camps to use his work to overthrow Stalin.  However, this was short-lived. Khrushchev fell from power, and ...

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn at his typewriter.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and the Gulag Archipelago (Part 1)

In 1945, on the front lines of East Prussia, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, a battery commander in the Artillery Reconnaissance Division of the Soviet Red Army, returned to his bunker command post covered in gunpowder and mud following extended artillery fire. Unbeknownst to him, two Cheka personnel of the Red Army were waiting for him at the ...

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Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.