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Soviet Slave Labor - 5 Categories

In order of harshness - least to worst

1. Labor Levy
2. Compulsory Works
3. Correctional Labor Colonies
4. Special Settlements - Spetsposielki
5. Correctional Labor Camps - 'Death Camps' ...on the edge of the polar desert, from which no inmate was ever expected to return.

Tsar period penal camps - 1913 - 32,757 inmates (5000 political prisoners)

Stalin period - between 15-30 million inmates

On the gate of every Soviet concentration camp were marked the words...

"Work is a matter of honor, a matter of valor and heroism. - Stalin."

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Much like hurricanes ;)