Disinfo: GULAG was a social elevator for many


Yes, for the elites the GULAG represented an unpleasant contrast with Astoria and Metropol, but for hundreds of thousands of ordinary people it became - as paradoxical as it may sound - a social elevator. The main means of successful socialisation after serving a sentence was just a working profession. It was a real "start in life". It allowed the former criminal elements to join the ranks of law-abiding citizens - let's not forget, by the way, that they were criminals, and by no means political prisoners, who made up the overwhelming majority of the Gulag contingent.

The disadvantages and abuses are well documented and refuted.


Biased article in the style of historical revisionism justifying the GULAG repressive system. Gulag camps existed in the USSR until the end of the 1950s. According to various human rights defenders' estimates, from 15 to 18 million prisoners passed through them, at least 1.5 million died in the camps, many from physical exhaustion, at least 800 000 were executed only in 1937-1938 (during the "Great terror").

The Gulag is recognised as a major instrument of political repression in the Soviet Union. Large numbers of prisoners were convicted by simplified procedures, such as by NKVD troikas.

Hundreds of thousands of victims were accused of various political crimes (espionage, wrecking, sabotage, anti-Soviet agitation, conspiracies to prepare uprisings and coups); they were quickly executed by shooting, or sent to the Gulag labor camps. Many died at the penal labor camps of starvation, disease, exposure, and overwork. Prisoners were often called "goners," meaning a person who even may be freed from the Gulag, but, however, will soon "go" due to undermined health and exhaustion.

Addressing the false claim that "the disadvantages and abuses are well documented". On May 20, 2021, it became known that 130 new mass graves were found at the NKVD execution site near Moscow. The graves were found using German Luftwaffe's photographs of 1942 stored in the United States, since many of the archives of the NKVD itself are still classified. Independent Russian GULAG researchers are systematically facing pressure from the authorities and are labeled as "foreign agents" in nowadays Russia. In 1989-1991 in Russia laws on rehabilitation of victims of political repression were adopted and are being effective. In 1990 the NGO "Memorial" was founded to document the repression during USSR times and to advocate for human rights. However, many archives are classified and narrative justifying repression are frequent in media, the historical memory and archeological initiatives are tolerated by the local authorities in the best cases.

See more disinformation cases on GULAG and "Yuri Dmitriev did not find any Stalinist mass graves" in particular.

CONTEXT: Russian prisoners can be used more actively and replace labor migrants. This proposal was made by the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) Alexander Kalashnikov and supported by the Investigative Committee.


  • Reported in: Issue 245
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/05/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Keywords: Human rights, USSR
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Disinfo: The West uses the OPCW to manipulate facts

It has been possible to deprive Syria of its rights and privileges within the organisation through manipulation of facts, blackmail and intimidation from some countries. The United States, France, the United Kingdom and other countries are continually simmering plans to eliminate the government of Bashar al-Assad, whom they hate, from the political arena.

Russia and the Syrian government have repeatedly accused the OPCW of bias in investigating incidents in Syria and questioned the findings of the Technical Secretariat.

The Syrian authorities state they have never used chemical weapons against civilians or terrorists and that the country's chemical arsenal has been withdrawn from Syria under OPCW control.

Russia admitted back in April that the OPCW is preparing a new pseudo-investigation to accuse the Syrian authorities of using chemical weapons. The initiative launched by the West to deprive Syria of its rights within the OPCW is staged.


Recurrent disinformation message about Chemical Weapons in the Syrian conflict and attempting to discredit the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

In an unprecedented vote on April 21 2021, member states of the global chemical weapons watchdog suspended Syria’s voting rights at the organisation as punishment for the repeated use of toxic gas by Damascus. The vote, which required a two-thirds majority to pass, marked the first time a member state of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been hit with such a sanction.

Disinfo: Europe’s liberal globalist government leaders have banned Dante Alighieri

Europe’s liberal globalist government leaders have banned Dante Alighieri and removed his Divina Commedia from school programmes. Liberal globalists have discovered that Dante’s Divina Commedia is politically incorrect. Europe’s leaders hate Dante's ideal of a chivalric society led by an aristocratic Christian elite, of a Europe inspired by spirit, faith, honour and great love. This is why they have banned Dante. They accuse him of insufficient tolerance. Dante is the latest victim of liberalism's cultural purges. By rejecting Europe's roots liberals are destroying that which is most sacred in the European heart. Liberalism and globalisation are anti-Europe.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about secret global elites and Western values.

There is no evidence to support the article’s claim that Dante Alighieri has been “banned” by European governments and that Dante and the Divina Commedia have been removed from European school programmes.

Disinfo: Moldova is just one of the stages of Romania's expansionist strategy in the east.

Recently, Romania's policy towards Moldova became more and more assertive. The ideological climate that is developing in Romania around the Moldovan issue is unhealthy, because it involves the forcible inclusion of Moldova into the "natural space of the Romanian nation." Moldova is just one of the stages of Romania's expansionist strategy in the east.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Romania, questioning Moldova's integrity and sovereignty without any substance to document it.

Romania adheres to international law regarding state borders and has no territorial claims upon Moldova. The development of the relationship with the Republic of Moldova is a priority of Romania's foreign policy, based on the communion of history, language, traditions and culture and on supporting the European aspirations of the neighboring state.