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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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(p.231) Epilogue
Gulag Town, Company Town

Alan Barenberg

Yale University Press

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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