- Oct 2013
Err .... no. Tthey weren't slaves.Well for Soviets there was apparently no problem to use slave labour for socialist totalitarian state.
A slave is the property of someone (which prisoners in Gulags weren't) and doesn't have a wage (which prisoners in Gulags had).
They were persons convicted to forced labour. Something that Bolsheviks didn't invented, it existed long before them, still exists nowadays.
Let's not just throw words around just like that.