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Russia's 'Children of the Gulag' want home

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Living in a wooden hut 300 km from Moscow, Elizaveta Mikhaylova feels trapped in the same forced exile imposed on her family during Josef Stalin’s Great Terror when her father was sent to the Gulag prison camps.

The 72-year-old is one of a dwindling group of about 1,500 pensioners or “Children of the Gulag” who were promised housing in their families’ home cities by the government after the Soviet Union broke up in 1991 but have received nothing 30 years later.

Mikhaylova was born in exile in the Soviet republic of Moldova after her father was banished from Moscow as an “enemy of the people”. She was kept there by Soviet restrictions on freedom of movement, but later made her way back to Russia after selling the family flat.

Full article at Reuters: Link

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