Category Archives: True Crime

Breaking News: Putin Fires Prison-Torture Chief

Dear Readers: You will recall my previous post on the Russian prison-torture scandal. Now there is some good news: We learn that Russian President Putin just yesterday (November 25) has fired the head of the ФСИН  (Federal Service for Carrying … Continue reading

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Breaking News: Russian Prison Sex-Abuse Scandal

Dear Readers: I am interrupting my current Voroshilov vs Tukhachevsky series for some breaking news. This news is actually a couple of weeks old, but there are new developments. My source material is this article from RIA Novosti. The basic … Continue reading

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Voroshilov versus Tukhachevsky – Part II

Dear Readers: Continuing with my recap of this rather interesting short documentary made by the Russian Central Television channel. Apparently it was part of a series which aired a couple of years ago, in the format of X vs Z. … Continue reading

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Voroshilov versus Tukhachevsky – Part I

Dear Readers: Tis an easy segue from the Kirov Assassination back to Tukhachevsky. When I was researching my series of posts on the Tukhachevsky trial and on the life of General Uborevich, I came upon this documentary film from Russian … Continue reading

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The Mystery Of The Kirov Assassination – Part III

В железных ночах Ленинграда По городу Киров идет. И сердце прегордое радо, Что так непреклонен народ. In the iron nights of Leningrad Kirov walks through the city. And his heart is bursting with pride, That the people stand so firm. … Continue reading

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The Mystery Of The Kirov Assassination – Part II

Dear Readers: Proceeding to work through this piece, the reporter is Irina Smirnova. She interviews Tatiana Sukharnikova, who manages the Kirov Museum in St. Petersburg. As mentioned before, Leonid Nikolaev’s diary was declassified and published in 2009, in full and … Continue reading

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The Mystery Of The Kirov Assassination – Part I

Dear Readers: We are entering the mysterious realm of Assassinology and Conspiratology. Assassinations do occur; and Conspiracies also happen, so it’s not always fiction. The killing of Leningrad Communist Party Leader Sergei Kirov on December 1, 1934, by a man … Continue reading

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Tukhachevsky Trial Part XI: The Final Verdict

Dear Readers: It is time to finish this series and move on to other things. As promised, I will continue to read through the transcript in my spare time — all the monotony of same charges against Uborevich, Kork, etc., … Continue reading

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Tukhachevsky Trial Part X: The Swan Song

Dear Readers: I have never been in that position myself, thank goodness, but people say, when a person is facing imminent violent death, there is often an overpowering need to have a final say; to justify their life; maybe impart … Continue reading

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Tukhachevsky Trial Part IX: The Manifesto

Vasily Ulrikh was born in Riga, Latvia, then a part of the Russian Empire. His father was a Latvian revolutionary of German descent, and his mother was a Russian noblewoman. […] In 1910, young Ulrikh returned to his native Riga … Continue reading

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