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arkteia

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Nov 2012
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And I grew up in Russian garrisons in Poland, Belarus and East Germany. And in the 1980s I lived in Russia for 5 years - in her remote places. And I can say that Russia is the most unusual country you can imagine. And the strangest. And these were interesting years. I have stated all my impressions in my book. You can congratulate me - yesterday the book came out of print. 580 pages with many shots
Congratulations, I shall try to find it if it exists in online version.

I always wanted to publish the memoirs of my grandmother.
 
Nov 2015
1,674
Kyiv
This is why I sincerely feel that assassination of Beria, a monster - was in many ways a tragedy.
Why Beria? As for me - against the background of the previous leaders of that punitive system he looks like least odious. After the death of Stalin he opposed the creation of the GDR and supported the reunification of Germany. He let out many prisoners from the Gulag. He was supposed to be a real reformer. The rest of the Stalinist monsters were very afraid of Beria and hurried to kill him, and his hasty execution blocked the most part of urgent reforms in that unfortunate country.

At that time he wanted to stop the forced Russification of the national republics of the USSR. He also wanted to improve relations with Yugoslavia, which was often called then a fascist state in that country. And he said that the Communist Party needs to stop playing a key role in the USSR and dealt only with ideology and personnel selection. Beria played a very important role in the creation of the Russian atomic bomb. He proved to be an excellent administrator and so on.

Of course, there were no normal people in the Kremlin. The poet Josip Mandelstam did not in vain call them a bunch of demi-human. Сборище полулюдей. But I am sure that most of predecessors as a head of the competent authorities (компетентных органов) were even worse than Beria. And after these monsters dealt with Beria, they tried to show him as a much bigger monster than they were themselves.

I think he was one of the most notable people in the Kremlin, controversial, talented and cruel. And Beria deserves more detailed study of this personality.
 
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Congratulations, I shall try to find it if it exists in online version.
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- still not yet. But I can send you the book in pdf version for free - just for private use ))
Pls remind me next week of that - better to my email peshsay55@gmail.com

Since next Monday - addording to my Editor who is in charge for sales of the book - it will be available for selling via their website. His yesterday's message

К понедельнику книга появится на сайте Видавець Корбуш
Сегодня можно позвонить в офис: +38-044- 599 6448 или +38-067 2096088 и заказать.
Пусть ваши знакомые скажут, что они от вас и тогда получат книгу по 300 грн.
Файл книги пришлю тоже к понедельнику.


So you can say them that you are from me (my name is on a pic of the book in my previous message) - and you can get 100 Hrv discount - if you need a hard copy.

Note for the moderator: It is not an advertising - it is the message is of a book about the Country of Soviets and life in it
 
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I always thought Khrushchev let mmany prisoners out of Gulag during what is known as Khrushchev Thaw (Хрущёвская оттепель) : Khrushchev Thaw - Wikipedia
Also, there are rumours Beria was a pаedophile. Many rumours.
The largest amnesty in the history of the Land of the Soviets was initiated not by Khrushchev, but by Beria. And it began with a note of Beria (Minister of Internal Affairs) addressed to the Head of the government Malenkov. It was dtd March 26, 1953. 3 weeks after Stalin’s death.

Beria reported that in the camps, prisons and colonies of the USSR by the beginning of 1953 there were more than 2.5 million people, of whom no more than 220 thousand were especially dangerous state criminals - особо опасные государственные преступники. At the same time, a huge number of imprisoned citizens were convicted of unsufficient crimes, theft and embezzlement of socialist property. Responsibility for this crimes was strengthened in 1947.

As of November 16, 1953 1,201,606 people were released from prisond and campd in connection with the amnesty, of which:

convicts up to 5 years - 551,551
convicted for terms over 5 years for official, economic and military crimes - 49,745
women with children under the age of 10 - 57,132
pregnant women - 6,013
teenagers (age less that 16) - 5,684
men over 55 years old - 44,210
women over 50 - 18,044
suffering from severe incurable illnesses - 43,411 .

There were also stopped the case for more than 400 thousand people whom prison bunks waited in the future.
The total number of prisoners in the camps after the amnesty of 1953 was reduced by more than 52 percent. At the same time some of those convicted of political crimes were amnestied, although the court usually gave a sentence of 10 years and more for such crimes, and therefore amnesty did not affect them

I think Khrushchev had little to do with this amnesty. He headed the Communist Party only since August 1953, when the amnesty was already in full swing.

And further. In the midst of the "thaw" (Оттепель) Khrushchev lamented that Comrade Stalin had directed reprisals against our owns. That means - against the communists. This essentially became the main motive of Khrushchev in condemning Stalin at the XX congress of the Communist Party. The fact that the Moscow authorities destroyed millions of Ukrainian villagers during the action of Holodomor of 1932-1933 and millions of other civilians of that country were repressed without being communists, he was obviously not very distressed of them.

Moreover, Khrushchev in the 1930s was an active participant of the repression. And in the second half of the 1940s as the head of the Communist Party of the Ukrainian SSR (since 1938) Nikita Khrushchev closely supervised a scaly punitive action against the Ukrainian partisans in Western Ukraine and against the local population which very actively supported them.

At this time there was a big partisan war there. Suffice it to say that the number of partisans KIA was more than 100,000
 

arkteia

Ad Honorem
Nov 2012
4,696
Seattle
I always thought Khrushchev let mmany prisoners out of Gulag during what is known as Khrushchev Thaw (Хрущёвская оттепель) : Khrushchev Thaw - Wikipedia
Also, there are rumours Beria was a pаedophile. Many rumours.
Beria was not a pedophile. Nor did he rape women abducted from the streets of Moscow. All known lovers of Beria, actresses, such as Fyodorova or Okunevskaya, were mature women. Altogether, 39, not thousands. And then, there was one.

Her name was Valentina Drozdova. Those who saw her mentioned her unbelievable beauty. The photos don't reflect it at all. Her mother procured her to Beria when she was sixteen. For that, the family got a car, an apartment, a dacha. But Valentina knew well what she was doing. She got pregnant, bore Beria a daughter, whom he named Martha after his mother. She essentially became his second wife. She tried to become an actress, AFAIK.

Now, when Beria was arrested, she wrote a letter to the party, telling that he raped her. Was she told to do it? She had a child.

Afterwards she became the lover of hard currency black marketeer Yan Rokotov, who was shot. Then - an owner of underground workshops Galperin, who, too, was shot. What a strange destiny.
 
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Beria was not a pedophile. Nor did he rape women abducted from the streets of Moscow. All known lovers of Beria, actresses, such as Fyodorova or Okunevskaya, were mature women. Altogether, 39, not thousands. And then, there was one.

Her name was Valentina Drozdova. Those who saw her mentioned her unbelievable beauty. The photos don't reflect it at all. Her mother procured her to Beria when she was sixteen. For that, the family got a car, an apartment, a dacha. But Valentina knew well what she was doing. She got pregnant, bore Beria a daughter, whom he named Martha after his mother. She essentially became his second wife. She tried to become an actress, AFAIK.

Now, when Beria was arrested, she wrote a letter to the party, telling that he raped her. Was she told to do it? She had a child.

Afterwards she became the lover of hard currency black marketeer Yan Rokotov, who was shot. Then - an owner of underground workshops Galperin, who, too, was shot. What a strange destiny.
I explicitly stated those are rumours, as we don't it was true.

PS Beria was responsible for the creation of 'Sharaski (Experimental Design Bureau) in which prominent Soviet scientists such as Valentin Glushko (born in Odessa), Sergei Korolyov (born in Zhytomir), Andei Tupalev worked as prisoners. PS I recalled these names, as yesterday was International Day of Aviation and Cosmonautics.


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In 1938, Lavrenty Beria, a senior NKVD official, created the Department of Special Design Bureaus at the NKVD USSR (Отдел особых конструкторских бюро НКВД СССР). In 1939, the unit was renamed the Special Technical Bureau at the NKVD USSR (Особое техническое бюро НКВД СССР) and placed under the leadership of General Valentin Kravchenko, under Beria's immediate supervision. In 1941 it received a secret name, the 4th Special Department of the NKVD USSR (4-й спецотдел НКВД СССР).

The scientists and engineers at a sharashka were prisoners picked from various camps and prisons and assigned to work on scientific and technological problems for the state. Living conditions were usually much better than in an average taiga camp, mostly because of the absence of hard labor.

The results of the research in sharashkas were usually published under the names of prominent Soviet scientists without credit given to the real authors, whose names frequently have been forgotten. Some of the scientists and engineers imprisoned in sharashkas were released during and after World War II, continuing independent careers and some becoming world-renowned.

Sharashka - Wikipedia
 

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