Uncovering violent narratives
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This chapter focuses on sites related to certain periods of Stalinist terror and repression. It compares the similarities and differences of shifting dark heritage presentations at three different Russian sites that are all connected to mass death and suffering. The chapter describes complex of sites on Big Solovetsky Island in the White Sea; these sites are all related to the inaugural forced labor camp in what developed into the Soviet gulag system. It discusses the shooting range and mass grave associated with Stalinist terror and its contemporary memorial complex at Butovo, just south of Moscow. Other representatives of constituent groups place new memorials on a fairly regular basis, meaning that the small memorial landscape is constantly expanding to include new narratives of loss and suffering. The chapter also describes the scatter of sites related to Stalinist repression in and around Lubyanka Square, where the former headquarters of the secret police still dominates the heritagescape in central Moscow.