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Gulag Town, Company TownForced Labor and Its Legacy in Vorkuta$
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Alan Barenberg

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300179446

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300179446.001.0001

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Epilogue

Epilogue

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(p.231) Epilogue
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Gulag Town, Company Town
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Alan Barenberg

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300179446.003.0008

The epilogue examines how the new equilibrium established during late socialism was severely disrupted by perestroika and the Soviet collapse, when Vorkuta became one of the centers of a strike movement pushing for economic and political reforms. Reforms and neglect in the 1990s quickly transformed Vorkuta from a showcase of Soviet success into a cautionary tale of Soviet failures. Public memorialization of the Gulag, which finally became possible during perestroika, also became entangled in the Soviet collapse and post-Soviet crisis. As the epilogue demonstrates, Vorkuta has a tenuous existence in the post-Soviet era, and the legacy of the Gulag continues to shape the city in the twenty-first century.

Keywords:   perestroika, Soviet collapse, miners' strikes, oligarchs, mafia, Gulag memorialization

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