The Gulag: What We Know Now and Why It Matters

We now understand far better what the gulag was, how it evolved, what purposes it served, how many people lived and died within it. Yet what do we really remember of the camp system? What do Russians remember? And how does that memory, or the lack of it, affect Russian politics today? 

This lecture was recorded at the London School of Economics on November 20, 2012.

Anne Applebaum is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and expert on European politics and democratic transitions. She is the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at the London School of Economics for 2012-13. Ms. Applebaum is the Director of Political Studies at the Legatum Institute in London, and a columnist for the Washington Post and Slate.

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