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Использование фальсификаций в деятельности пермских чекистов в годы Большого террора

Суслов А. Б.

The author shows motives and methods of falsifications in the activity of NKVD officers at the time of Great Terror. An
example of Perm NKVD officers is a focus of this micro-historical analysis. The main sources include the files of so
called «counterrevolutionary crimes’ trials» in the State Contemporary History Archives of Perm Region. The most
useful documents are examination testimonies of Perm NKVD officers. These sources correlate with a great number of
evidences of the victims of political repressions. Available sources permit revealing both the motives and methods of
falsification work of Perm NKVD officers.
The subject of inquiry is an illegal activity of executors who were NKVD officers of mean and lower rank. Using mass
falsification allowed them to construct fabulous plots which were supposedly hatched by “public enemies”. Those
NKVD officers, together with their leaders, became co-organizers of Great Terror.
The analysis of the sources permits stating that daily work of NKVD officers in the years of Great Terror was not in
conducting inquiries but in providing mass falsifications based on forgery, violence, etc.