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Klara Anderson
Klara Anderson • 1 year ago

The skeleton holds the Order of the October Revolution. Text on the sign reads ‘90 million were killed’. Text on the skeleton’s sash reads ‘Communists, repent!!!’. Text underneath reads ‘Down with the Communist Party!’. Dzhidastroy Corrective Labour Camp, Buryat-Mongol ASSR. 1960s. An anti-communist tattoo.

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