Georgy Satarov: '37

posted 29 Oct 2012, 01:05 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 29 Oct 2012, 02:33 ]
23 October 2012

This is serious. The machinery of Stalin’s total terror consisted of a chain reaction of confessions, in which one victim of torture would turn in several others, and so it would continue in exponential progression. Back then, of course, the methods of torture were more severe, since the people were more resilient and hadn’t been spoiled. Now, the same thing is starting all over again. To avoid overexerting themselves intellectually, the authorities have created a “legal basis” for their actions. And from here on it’s the exponential route, Stalin-style. All of us need to understand that once this process sets off, like an avalanche, anyone can get caught in it. Not a single one of you reading these words is insured against getting caught in the avalanche. It may be enough to simply read this text. [Read more]

Georgy Satarov is president of the INDEM Foundation and a member of INDEM's research council. He is a social scientist, with special interests in mathematical applications to research, data analysis and applied statistics. He is a former adviser to President Yeltsin, and lives in Moscow.