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The Gulag After Stalin: Redefining Punishment in Khrushchev's Soviet Union, 1953-1964

Jeffrey S. Hardy


This book reveals how the vast Soviet penal system was reimagined and reformed in the wake of Stalin's death. The text argues that penal reform in the 1950s was a serious endeavor intended to transform the Gulag into a humane institution that re-educated criminals into honest Soviet citizens. Under the leadership of Minister of Internal Affairs Nikolai Dudorov, a Khrushchev appointee, this drive to change the Gulag into a “progressive” system where criminals were reformed through a combination of education, vocational training, leniency, sport, labor, cultural programs, and self-governance was ... More

Keywords: Soviet penal system, Stalin, Gulag, Soviet citizens, Nikolai Dudorov, Khrushchev, re-education, post-Stalin reforms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501702792
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501702792.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey S. Hardy, author
Brigham Young University