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Stalin’s heirs deal with homosexuality in the GULAG
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On 1 March 1953 Stalin suffers a stroke at his dacha. A group of his close associates from the Politburo lay his body to rest and try to grapple with the long-neglected issue of the GULAGs (Soviet forced labour camps) which have swollen to unprecedented size and are now virtually unmanageable. They decide to grant amnesty to millions of prisoners and slowly dismantle the GULAG system. However, the resulting release of prisoners unleashes a mass wave of crime that overwhelms the country. Alongside this, the homosexuality that was widespread behind barbed wire now threatens, in the minds of the authorities, to spread out to the country at large.

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