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Subject: Russia Secretly Orders Destruction of Gulag Prisoners’ Records, Media Warns
From: PeterK <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Records Management Program <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 10 Jun 2018 21:33:35 -0500

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Russian officials are reportedly destroying the records of gulag prisoners
under a secret order passed in 2014, Russian media have reported.

An estimated 3-12 million victims of Soviet repression were imprisoned in
the gulag network of prisons and forced labor camps in the former Soviet
Union. Registration records kept by the Museum of the History of the Gulag,
now threatened with destruction, include the permanent records of those
killed, as well as archival files detailing those who survived the gulag
and when they were released.

Executing a secret government order from 2014, the Russian authorities have
reportedly started destroying archival records documenting the imprisonment
of people during the Soviet era, according to a letter from Roman Romanov,
the director of the Gulag History Museum, addressed to Vladimir Putin and
Mikhail Fedotov, the head of Russia’s Presidential Human Rights Council.

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