On or around this day in 1973, The Gulag Archipelago by Russian dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was first published, in Russian, by a French publisher. The three volume text traces the history of the Gulag labor camps under the Soviets, and describes in detail the cruel living conditions prisoners were subjected to. It was censored in the USSR until 1989, though it circulated widely as samizdat.
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