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Forgotten Stalin victims despair in Kazakh steppe

<p>A view of a cemetery for foreign prisoners in the settlement of Spassk in central Kazakhstan December 10, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov</p>

A view of a cemetery for foreign prisoners in the settlement of Spassk in central Kazakhstan December 10, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

A view of a cemetery for foreign prisoners in the settlement of Spassk in central Kazakhstan December 10, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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<p>A man walks past a monument to victims of political repressions in the town of Karaganda, central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov</p>

A man walks past a monument to victims of political repressions in the town of Karaganda, central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

A man walks past a monument to victims of political repressions in the town of Karaganda, central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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<p>Yekaterina Kuznetsova, a gulag researcher, speaks in front of the former Karlag headquarters in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov</p>

Yekaterina Kuznetsova, a gulag researcher, speaks in front of the former Karlag headquarters in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Yekaterina Kuznetsova, a gulag researcher, speaks in front of the former Karlag headquarters in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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<p>A view of a barrack in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

A view of a barrack in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

A view of a barrack in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Achim Schmillen, a German researcher, shows his book in the local museum in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov</p>

Achim Schmillen, a German researcher, shows his book in the local museum in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Achim Schmillen, a German researcher, shows his book in the local museum in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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<p>Viktor Fast, a resident of Frankfurt, walks in the former Karlag headquarters in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov</p>

Viktor Fast, a resident of Frankfurt, walks in the former Karlag headquarters in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Viktor Fast, a resident of Frankfurt, walks in the former Karlag headquarters in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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<p>Prisoners' registration cards are on display in the museum in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov</p>

Prisoners' registration cards are on display in the museum in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Prisoners' registration cards are on display in the museum in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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<p>A view shows Mamochkino or Mummy's cemetery in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov</p>

A view shows Mamochkino or Mummy's cemetery in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

A view shows Mamochkino or Mummy's cemetery in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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<p>A biography on Soviet dictator Josef Stalin is displayed in the local museum in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov</p>

A biography on Soviet dictator Josef Stalin is displayed in the local museum in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

A biography on Soviet dictator Josef Stalin is displayed in the local museum in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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<p>A local resident passes by a barrack in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. Picture taken December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Valery Kaliev</p>

A local resident passes by a barrack in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. Picture taken December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Valery Kaliev

A local resident passes by a barrack in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. Picture taken December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Valery Kaliev

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<p>Viktor Fast, a resident of Frankfurt, speaks in the local museum in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov</p>

Viktor Fast, a resident of Frankfurt, speaks in the local museum in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Viktor Fast, a resident of Frankfurt, speaks in the local museum in Dolinka, a village at the centre of the Kazakh gulag system, in central Kazakhstan December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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<p>A view of a cemetery for foreign prisoners in the settlement of Spassk in central Kazakhstan December 10, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov</p>

A view of a cemetery for foreign prisoners in the settlement of Spassk in central Kazakhstan December 10, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

A view of a cemetery for foreign prisoners in the settlement of Spassk in central Kazakhstan December 10, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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