Originally Posted by General Winter
Well,there was a time when it was generally accepted in the west that the sun revolves around the earth, now we know that it is exactly the opposite.
There are case papers of the trail, it's a document,but no one have ever seen reabilitation documents.Antistalinists simply declared plotters innocent.Today in Russia a few people have doubts in the reality of the plot in the Red Army.
Your point is interesting. I was reacting to the comments of the other poster that seemed to really try to whitewash the whole thing.
It is possible there was a real coup attempt that prompted the purge of the military. We know there was a real coup attempt against Hitler in 1944. In Germany, the truth of the plot was more or less brought out at the trials. This happened even at wartime and with a closed political system.
If there was a coup attempt against Stalin, the whole thing was sort of covered up. There wasn't much details made public.
Also, you have to understand the so many people were convicted based on all sorts of trumped up charges of sabotague, being British agents or whatever that people don't take these charges seriously.
Agreed the Khruschev Soviet antiStalinists and the US and allies had their own agendas and might have misrepresented things. However, since there wasn't much evidence brought out at the trials, it makes it easy to view the charges as baseless.