Putler Seals Stalin-Era NKVD Archives

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    Russia’s intelligence service has refused to declassify the names of members of Stalin’s notorious three-judge panels that issued death sentences without trials, Russian media reported this week. As many as 700,000 people were executed in Stalin’s “Great Terror” of 1937-38, according to conservative estimates. The Memorial human rights NGO keeps a database of some 3 million victims of Soviet repression. At least two Moscow courts have sided with the Federal Security Service’s (FSB) refusal to grant gulag historian Sergei Prudovsky access to files containing the names of so-called NKVD Troika judges, Kommersant reported on Thursday. The NKVD was the predecessor of the Soviet KGB. “[His] position could harm both the living relatives of officials who signed the protocols and the objective assessment of the 1937-1938 historical period,” senior FSB legal adviser Yelena Zimatkina reportedly told the court in response to Prudovsky calling the judges “butchers.” Meanwhile, the head archivist in Novosibirsk region has barred researchers from accessing local NKVD files pending an examination for classified materials, the Znak.com news website reported on Wednesday.


    “We haven’t had blocks of this scale before,” the outlet quoted researcher Denis Karagodin, who spent years investigating the execution of his great-grandfather in 1938, as saying. Last summer, Prudovsky said the authorities had issued secret orders to destroy gulag prisoners’ records once the former convicts reached the age of 80. Russia’s Interior Ministry initially said the files were being digitized, then explained that the destruction affected non-political gulag survivors. Memorial historian Nikita Petrov told Kommersant that the growing trend of restricting access to Soviet archives was a “sad sign of the times.” Increasingly we see the Putin regime closing archives and then endeavor to create an "alternative history".

    Related: Russia Secretly Orders Destruction of Gulag Prisoners’ Records, Media Warns
     
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    Sounds like some of these dirtbags family member enjoy great luxury even today, many probably still in government.

    By the way, this purging is very Canadian, and it's sometimes done in real-time. Definitely in short order.
     
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    Those panels sound an AWFUL LOT like Obama era FISA courts.
     
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    yes, "Sounds like some of these dirtbags family member enjoy great luxury even today"

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    For Russians, Stalin is the 'most outstanding' figure in world history ...

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/.../for-russians-stalin-is-the-most-outstanding-figure-in...

    Jun 26, 2017 - MOSCOW — More Russians consider Joseph Stalin the “most ... to name the “top 10 most outstanding people of all time and all nations.” It also ...
     
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