The Veil of Secrecy: How did the Soviet government quell epidemics in prisons?

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Abstract

In a new blog post, historian Mikhail Nakonechnyi discusses the Soviet legacies that still plague Russia’s contemporary penitentiary services. He analyses the secretiveness of penal system officials, and compares how the USSR handled epidemics with how Russia is handling the current COVID-19 pandemic. He shows that current practices of secrecy about epidemiological data resemble not the Stalinist GULAG era, but rather Soviet prisons of the 1920s.
Original languageEnglish
NewspaperGULAGECHOES Project blog
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2020
MoE publication typeNot Eligible

Fields of Science

  • 5201 Political History
  • 5202 Economic and Social History

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