«Вынужден защищаться теми методами, какие мне достаются»
The article focuses on the methods used by the authorities to turn the citizens into silent minorities in Stalin’s period. One of them was the practice of sticking political labels on people. For explaining this phenomenon, the concept of stigma—a concept used to denote the ascribing to a person of traits that put him into a “shameful,” discriminated position—is used. By the end of Stalin’s period, such usage of political vocabulary became a tradition. In the postwar days, the legion of “Trotskyites,” “kulaks” and “saboteurs” was supplemented with new characters—“traitor peoples,” “cosmopolites” and “Banderovites” [followers of the 1940s Ukrainian nationalist leader Stepan Bandera].