Uborevich On Trial – Part II

Dear Readers:

Continuing with my translation of the Uborevich trial transcript, recently de-classified by the Russian government. Please pay special attention to the segment (I will highlight it) where Uborevich talks about his participation in the real conspiracy: This was a typical Office Politics type conspiracy, where certain employees band together and go to the boss’s boss to complain about the boss. Believing that there is strength in numbers and in the righteousness of one’s complaints. I even participated in one of those conspiracies myself, several years back. They always end the same way, so I don’t recommend this gambit to anyone who wants to keep their job.

Where we left off, Uborevich was confessing to a series of “wrecking activities” undertaken by him. Some of the “wrecking” that he confessed to, were just normal military assignments, some precautionary measures, all heightened by the imminence of the approaching war with Germany; but repainted as “sinister” by the Prosecution. Other “wrecking” activities consisted of encouraging lax standards and bureaucratic ineptitude. In other words, one is assigned to build a benzine station to refuel tanks. Construction is delayed, there is no benzine… obviously wreckers are at work! In this segment of his testimony, my impression is that Uborevich is trying to be a little bit clever, slipping in his typical critiques of army ineptitude and bureaucratic khalatnost, under the guise of confessing his own guilt. Since that was the only kind of testimony that Presiding Ulrikh would allow.

Uborevich: For example, as a result of such wrecking activities, if war were to break out, then on the very first day, the fortified machine-gun hides would have been 50% lacking gunners.

French General Victor-Henri Schweisguth in 1936

[yalensis: the next section of confessions consists of “paying the piper”, in other words these were the mandatory “school figures” that could not be avoided or wished away. That was the deal that was made in Hell’s Dungeon, the price of saving one’s children. There were names that had to be named, inferences that had to be inferred; all according to the script composed by the main show-runner, Yezhov]:

Uborevich: To the question of the railways: I knew that Appoga was in charge of this. As the troop commander I could see very clearly that Appoga was engaged in wrecking activities, and I took part in that too. My assistance consisted in significantly delaying the discussion of a series of essential and important issues. I enlisted people, slowly worked them over, preparing them for their defeatist role during wartime. In my confessions I named specific people, and the goals for which they were recruited. In 1935 I learned from Tukhachevsky about the “palace coup”, but didn’t inquire into the details.

When I was in Paris, along with Tukhachevsky, I received from him the assignment of speaking with General Schweisguth, the representative of the French General Staff; and to feel him out in regard to our business. In the words of Tukhachevsky, Schweisguth is an important political figure in the French General Staff, and in fact conducts all of their external and internal politics. This conversation with Tukhachevsky happened inside an automobile.

For me, it was fairly clear what we were talking about. For starters, for me to speak to this General openly about the fact that we had a conspiracy going on in our country, did not feel quite comfortable to me. I approached him cautiously but in the end I drew the conversation in the direction, how would he feel about Tukhachevsky seizing power. Schweisguth responded in a very positive vein. and in the fall of 1934 [yalensis: Either Uborevich mis-spoke, or the transcriber mis-typed, he meant 1936] while visiting our maneuvers, he said that the [French] General Staff would welcome that [scenario] unconditionally. During that same trip to Paris he [Tukh] said that he had been feeling out Cooper [yalensis: who he?] in the same manner; the latter stating that he would welcome the strengthening of Russia.

Operating in this manner, as a two-faced liar and traitor, while fulfilling the assignments set by Tukhachevsky, most of my activities consisted of preparing defeatist operations in preparation for the war.

And Now We Get To The Essence Of The Actual Conspiracy

Gamarnik! Gamarnik! Gamarnik! It’s always about Gamarnik!

Uborevich: About the members of the center, I would say a bit about Gamarnik. There is no doubt in my mind that he was a member of the Center. Tukhachevsky used to praise him quite a lot. Gamarnik showed his true colors when we went to the government to pose the question about Voroshilov, to attack Voroshilov, but in reality we had coordinated everything with Gamarnik, who told us that he would come out forcefully against Voroshilov. The meetings of members of the Center consisted of only 2 or 3 men maximum, and were very secretive.

[yalensis: In other words, busting through all the B.S., here is what really happened: Tukh, Uborevich, Gamarnik, and some other members of their Reformers clique, decided to do something about Voroshilov and his gaping incompetence in leading the army. They plotted an intervention, went as a group on pilgrimage to Stalin, laid out their thoughts to the Great Leader, and hoped it was enough to get Voroshilov fired and Tukh take his place as Narkom. But everything backfired on them, because Stalin took Voroshilov’s side. Given the importance of these employees, this matter should have just ended with slaps on the wrist, but then Stalin, who has gotten used to just killing everybody, must have decided to take it to the next level. So he picks up the phone: “Comrade Yezhov? I have a new assignment for you….” Sincerely folks, that’s what really happened, I would bet every penny I have on that.]

Uborevich: I never received diversionary assignments from Tukhachevsky, but I do recall such assignments, this I can declare here with the utmost authority.

Ulrikh [has to remind Uborevich to say his lines properly]: In whose name was all of this done by you, for the sake of which nation, for which classes did you conduct this anti-Soviet struggle?

Uborevich: In the name of RESTORING CAPITALISM. [Courtroom erupts in gasps of oohs and aahs – no, I just made that up.]

Ulrikh: You belonged to the inner circle of the conspiracy. In your statements you wrote: “I participated…” [Transcript of Uborevich’s statement is read out to the courtroom.]

Uborevich: That’s true. I received that assignment in the spring of 1935.

Comrade Dybenko [butting in from the Presidium]: You stated that you joined the Center around the year 1934, and the fortified region started to be built in 1935. How were these two things tied together? Did you give wrecking instructions relating to the construction of the fortified region?

Uborevich: I never gave such instructions.

[yalensis: Uborevich probably thinking to himself: I’m willing to debase myself for the sake of my family, but this idiot Dybenko just pushes me too far…]

Left to Right: Yakir, Budyonny, Tukhachevsky

Dybenko: You attempted to put Yakir in charge of the HQ, beginning in 1925 as a united front?

Uborevich: That’s not true, because in 1931 I was transferred out of the central apparatus by Gamarnik, and Tukhachevsky took my place there, and I had no wrecking connections with him whatsoever.

Dybenko: Your wrecking work started from the moment you were appointed as head of the re-arming [project]?

Uborevich: On the contrary, I was the one who exposed the wrecking activities of the senior officer cadres.

Dybenko: Yeah, in order to mask your own wrecking work?

Uborevich: No!

Comrade Belov [another idiot jackal jumping in to take a bite of the prey]: Tell us about the wrecking activities you conducted in the Belorussian Military Okrug.

Uborevich: I did not conduct any wrecking activities.

Dybenko: What kind of direct espionage work did you conduct with the German General Staff?

Uborevich: None whatsoever. [yalensis: Our boy is starting to get feisty! But at this moment somebody must have given him some kind of signal… like that scene in The Godfather Part I…Cause he suddenly switches off.]

Dybenko: Do you consider overall that your work was espionage-related and wrecking in nature?

Uborevich: Since 1935 I have been a wrecker, a traitor, and an enemy.

Court recesses for one hour. [yalensis: Lunch time – yay!]


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