“Victims of Stalin’s Repression”: Who Were They In Reality?

One example out of a thousand:

“In the autumn of 1942 children dressed in rags were caught stealing potatoes and grain from collective farm fields in the Pochinkovsky district of the Gorky region. It turned out that the ‘harvest’ was ‘collected’ by pupils of the district orphanage. And they didn’t do it because they lived a nice life. During a further investigation, local police officers uncovered a criminal group, and in fact, a gang consisting of employees of the institution.

In total, 7 people were arrested in the case, including the director of the orphanage of Novoseltsev, accountant Sdobnov, storekeeper Mukin, and other persons. During the search 14 children’s coats, 7 suits, 30 meters of cloth, 350 meters of textiles, and other misappropriated property, allocated by the state with great difficulty during this severe wartime, was seized. The investigation found that by falling short of the proper norm of bread and products, the aforementioned criminals during 1942 alone robbed 7 tons of bread, half a ton of meat, 380 kg of sugar, 180 kg of cookies, 106 kg of fish, 121 kg of honey, etc.

The employees of the orphanage sold out of all of these scarce products on the market, or simply ate them themselves. Only one child of Novoseltsev received 15 portions of breakfast and lunch every day for himself and members of his family. At the expense of the pupils, the rest of the maintenance staff was well fed. Children were fed ‘dishes’ prepared from rotten stuff and vegetables, citing poor supply. For the whole of 1942 they were given only once one candy for the 25th anniversary of the October Revolution.

It must be said that the state, despite the difficult wartime, still fulfilled its obligations to children left without parents. Standards for the issuance of food were consistently observed, and clothing was regularly allocated. However, bastards like Novoseltsev used it for selfish purposes. The director, as it turned out, had close ties with the head of the supply base of the regional department of national education Kolesov and with his complicity stole the linen and clothes received for children.

In one year they stole many children’s coats and suits, a lot of cloth and other materials. For this purpose, the things of the children of the orphanage that fell into disrepair were written off as expenses several times.

The educators’ treatment of the children was no better than in the Nazi concentration camp. For the slightest violation, they were kept locked up in a cold room naked and without food for days on end, and they were also deprived of already not hearty breakfasts and dinners. Understanding their impunity, members of the criminal group committed real lawlessness.

Thus, 50-year-old accountant P. I. Sdobnov forced 14-year-old pupil A.Vanina to enter into sexual relation because she stole one candy.

And, most surprisingly, the director of the orphanage of Novoseltsev in the same 1942 received from the People’s Commissariat of Education a certificate of honour for excellent educational work. All of these thieves and paedophiles were deservedly sentenced to long terms of imprisonment.”

Now these citizens are among those repressed by the “bloody regime”, and their descendants, rolling their eyes, talk about the “tyrant Stalin“.

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Zefirov, M. V., D. M. Dektyarev, “Everything for the front? How victory was actually achieved”, pp. 388-391

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