Gulag Museum in Russia.
Increasingly Pro-Stalinist Russia Forces Shutdown
A museum commemorating the victims of Soviet-era political repressions is closing down after months of government pressure.
Perm-36 — the only museum in Russia created on the site of a former gulag camp — is "ceasing its activities and beginning the process of self-liquidation," the museum said in a statement Monday.
The shutdown comes at a time when the number of Russians viewing Soviet dictator Josef Stalin positively has risen to more than half of the population (52 percent), according to a recent Levada Center poll, and amid heightened government rhetoric extolling Soviet-era achievements.