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A quota for killings, 1938: Arrest 5,000 more, and shoot 60%

posted 19 Jun 2017, 07:34 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 20 Jun 2017, 23:12 ]
19 June 2017  

By John Crowfoot

"These encrypted telegrams mostly contain statistics rather than specific names. There are no people, just numbers," says ALEXANDER DANIEL in a recent comment about the DMITRIEV case. "Only in Karelia do we have everything at the level of individual people, and that is all thanks to Dmitriev."

Daniel was referring to the encrypted telegrams that passed between Moscow and the Republics and Regions of the USSR during the Great Terror. On 4 February 1938, for example, local Party boss YULY KAGANOVICH sent a brief message to Moscow, to STALIN and to YEZHOV, the head of the NKVD. He requested an increase in the quota for executions and arrests in his region (and a corresponding extension in the deadline). [Read more]

Photo: Memorial stone reads: 
"1,111 prisoners from the Solovki Prison were shot here from 27 October to 4 November 1937 "

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