“In the [Stalin Terror] peak years of 1937 and 1938, according to Memorial’s figures, at least 30,000 people were executed in Moscow, and 700,000 throughout the country…The past few years have seen the birth of a grassroots movement calling itself `last address’. Volunteers erect plaques at the final known addresses of those who were arrested in the Stalin years and never returned.”


This year I finally made it through all three volumes of “The Gulag Archipelago” by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

I wonder whether the statistics cited in the title to this blogpost take into account the number of people that died in the Gulag during those years even if not as a result of a formal “execution,” all those who died because of the extremely harsh conditions in the labor camps, including simply being worked to death.

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