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Norillag prisoners strike for better conditions (Norilsk uprising), 1953

Soviet Union
Time period
26 May, 1953 to 4 August, 1953
Human Rights
Total points
8 out of 10 points
Name of researcher, and date dd/mm/yyyy
Sacha Lin, 17/02/2019

The Norillag was a gulag labor camp, located in Norilsk, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, a town in the Taimyr Peninsula on the coast of the Arctic Ocean, close to the mouth of the Enisei River. Inmates of the Norillag worked 12-hour days, in temperatures as low as negative 50 degrees Celsius during the winter. They worked in mines, brickyards, cement plants, and in the base camps, as well as on road and railroad construction.