Why do you think the Russian communist party would just capture random people and send the to a gulag prison that they would have to make?
I honestly have no idea because if the prisoners had to build the prison the surly they would know how to get out and once they were done would they just build infinitely until the whole of russia was a gulag? Just putting that aside it could also be so that the Russian communist party could really make the people fear them. This could also be so that they would have less people to riot and try to make change within the country.
Do you think that if these gulags had stayed open till today they would keep the prisoners till they died just to show the Russin people to not mess with the government?
I think that it would be very likely for them to keep the prisoners till they died just to show that once you got in there was no coming out. This would there for pass the message to the Russian people to be as good as possible, so that they would not be sent to the gulag. Also because the more they expanded the gulags maybe the could add captives from war.
Why do you think they would just send people to preform hard labor everyday?
Well i think that this is because as the communist symbol represents the scythe and the hammer which are both tools used in hard labor, make Russia (at the time) kind of be forced to follow their communist symbol so that the rest of the world would see them as serious change. It could also be because the Were trying to surpress the world during the time of war and say communist is the way to go, but not realizing that they were making themselves look bad.