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In Kazakhstan, Spending Saturday Night In The Gulag

A museum of the Stalin-era prison camp system in central Kazakhstan has given visitors a nighttime tour, where they were "treated" to prison meals and a performance of mock interrogations. The unusual visit on the night of May 18 was organized by the Museum of Political Oppression in Dolinka. The central town became infamous in the 1930s as the center of the Qaraghandy Corrective Labor Camps system (KarLAG). (15 PHOTOS)

Museum employees depict how prisoners were tortured to extract confessions.
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Museum employees depict how prisoners were tortured to extract confessions.

The former main building of the KarLAG system in Dolinka has been renovated to house the Museum of Political Oppression.
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The former main building of the KarLAG system in Dolinka has been renovated to house the Museum of Political Oppression.

A live brass band entertained visitors outside the museum. This was also done in the years of repression.
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A live brass band entertained visitors outside the museum. This was also done in the years of repression.

Visitors to the Hall of Deportation were offered qurt, the Kazakh national cheese, to symbolize that Kazakhs often shared their food with the deported, saving them from starvation.
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Visitors to the Hall of Deportation were offered qurt, the Kazakh national cheese, to symbolize that Kazakhs often shared their food with the deported, saving them from starvation.

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