Nobel Prize Winning Orthodox Book Joins Russian School Curriculum

September 11, 2009

Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s book The Gulag Archipelago, once banned under communism, is now required reading in Russia’s schools. The late Solzhenitsyn has been an outspoken proponent of the Eastern Orthodox faith and supported the revival of the Christian Church in Russia following the fall of communism.

Solzhenitsyn’s epic work recounts the brutality and despair of the Soviet Gulag. According to an Associated Press report: “The Education Ministry said excerpts of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s epic The Gulag Archipelago have been added to the curriculum for high school students.”

The Associated Press report further said “It is thought that more than a million Russians perished in the Gulag, a sprawling secret network of prison and labor camps created by Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin and expanded by Josef Stalin.”

Read the recent AP article at, and more about Solzhenitsyn at

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