The fence at the old Gulag, in Perm-36.(Wikimedia Commons)
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The rights group running Russia's only museum in a preserved former Soviet labor camp warns that the facility is facing closure as authorities grow increasingly hostile to probing the country's totalitarian past.The Perm-36 museum – named after the notorious prison camp where it is housed – has seen operations grind to a halt after local authorities cut off key funding "without explanation," the non-governmental organization Memorial said. Latypov of Memorial called the film "characteristic of the trend in the policies of the authorities" now looking for internal enemies.Even if regional authorities do not close the museum, he said, it will likely be demoted from a community-run forum for national dialogue about the Soviet legacy to a museum about the local region.
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