Lithuania's Stalin-Land gulag-park celebrates 5th birthday

Lithuania's Grutas Park is a Stalinist theme park styled after a Soviet gulag -- and it recieves over 200,000 visitors a year. It's just celebrated its fifth anniversary.


Statues of Vladimir Lenin, Josef Stalin and other Soviet leaders glower at visitors, and the barbed wire fences and guard towers surrounding the park help give it the feel of a Soviet gulag.

Today, though, the park attracts thousands to see, cheer and jeer symbols that used to instill fear and outrage in people in this former Soviet republic, which, along with Baltic neighbors Latvia and Estonia, regained independence during the 1991 Soviet collapse.

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