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By Giles Udy

The Labour celebration welcomed the Russian Revolution in 1917: it cleared the path for the start of a socialist superpower and ushered in a brand new period in Soviet governance. Labour excused the Bolshevik excesses and ready for its personal revolution in Britain.

In 1929, Stalin deported thousands of fellows, ladies and kids to paintings in labour camps. Subjected to appalling therapy, hundreds of thousands died. whilst information of the camps leaked out in Britain, there have been protests difficult the govt ban imports of bushes reduce by way of slave labourers.

The Labour govt of the day pushed aside mistreatment claims as Tory propaganda and blocked appeals for an inquiry. regardless of the cupboard privately acknowledging the cruel realities of the paintings camps, Soviet denials have been publicly repeated as truth. One Labour minister even defended them as a part of 'a awesome fiscal experiment'.

Labour and the Gulag explains how Britain's Labour celebration used to be seduced by means of the promise of a socialist utopia and enamoured of a Russian Communist method it sought to emulate. It unearths the ethical compromises Labour made, and the way it grew to become its again at the humans that allows you to extra its personal political agenda.

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