The Great Purge of Stalin: 8 ordinary faces deemed too worthless to live according to Stalin

The Great Purge of Stalin: 8 Ordinary Faces Deemed Too Worthless to Live According to Stalin

  • According to Soviet archives, during 1937 and 1938, the Soviet secret police detained 1,548,366 persons, of whom 681,692 were shot – an average of 1,000 executions a day.
  • Fueled by paranoia, Stalin killed anyone who he considered a threat or disloyal, including almost every living Old Bolshevik leader except himself.
  • Stalin’s son Yakov was captured in 1941 by the Germans during the invasion of USSR, who offered to exchange Yakov for Friedrich Paulus. Stalin turned the offer down, saying, “I will not trade a Marshal for a Lieutenant (his own son).”

The Great Purge or the Great Terror was a politically motivated campaign in the Soviet Union from 1936 to 1938. Estimated 1 million people were executed. The secret police, under the reign of Joseph Stalin’s paranoia, killed more than 1,000 people per day – usually with a shot to the back of the head. Others were sent to die in concentration camps to starve and work.

Stalin wanted to eliminate potential recruits for fabricated mythical “fifth column of wreckers, terrorists and spies.” All intelligent, rebellious, strong and independent men were replaced with fanatical followers, truly loyal to him.

The photos below are just a few innocent victims of Stalin’s regime, photographed in their last weeks or days. May they rest in peace.

Semyon Nikolayevich Krechkov

Victim of Stalin's Great Purge Nikolayevich Krechkov
Semyon Nikolayevich Krechkov.
Name: Semyon Nikolayevich Krechkov
Nationality: Russian
Born: 1876 in Ponizove village
Education: Secondary education
Party: No affiliation
Job: Orthodox priest in Bykovo village church, Moscow Oblast
Arrested: November 1, 1937
Sentence: Sentenced to death on November 15, 1937.
Executed on November 25, 1937.
Rehabilitated in 1989.

Many of the victims sentences include word rehabilitated – equivalent of posthumously cleared of your crimes by the government. Meaning innocent people were executed for fabricated crimes.

By doing so, it should bring closure to their close ones. I’m sure that’s a big relief.

Marfa Ilichna Ryazantseva

Victim of Stalin's Great Purge Semyon Marfa Ilichna Ryazantseva
Marfa Ilichna Ryazantseva.
Name: Marfa Ilichna Ryazantseva
Nationality: Russian
Born: born 1866 in Makhachkala, Tverskaya Oblast
Education: Uneducated
Party: No affiliation
Job: Retired
Arrested: Arrested on August 27, 1937
Sentence: Sentenced to death on October 8, 1937.
Executed on October 11, 1937.
ERehabilitated in 1989.

Death is the solution to all problems. No man – no problem.

– Joseph Stalin

Nikolai Vasiliyevich Abramov

Victim of Stalin's Great Purge Nikolai Vasiliyevich Abramov
Nikolai Vasiliyevich Abramov.
Name: Nikolai Vasiliyevich Abramov
Nationality: Russian
Born: 1890 in Lukerino village, Moscow Oblast
Education: Primary education
Party: No affiliation
Job: Collective farm foreman
Arrested: October 5, 1937
Sentence: Sentenced to death on October 17, 1937.
Executed on October 21, 1937.

I trust no one, not even myself.

– Joseph Stalin

Aleksandra Ivanovna Chubar

Victim of Stalin's Great Purge Aleksandra Ivanovna Chubar
Aleksandra Ivanovna Chubar.
Name: Aleksandra Ivanovna Chubar
Nationality: Ukraine
Born: 1903 in Artemivsk, Donetsk Oblast; Armenian
Education: Higher education
Party: No affiliation
Job: Consultant in the People’s Commissariat of Light Industry
Arrested: Arrested on July 4, 1938
Sentence: Sentenced to death and executed on August 28, 1938.

The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.

– Joseph Stalin

Gavrill Sergeyevich Bogdanov

Victim of Stalin's Great Purge Gavrill Sergeyevich Bogdanov
Gavrill Sergeyevich Bogdanov.
Name: Gavrill Sergeyevich Bogdanov
Nationality: Russian
Born: 1888 in Aminevo village, Moscow Oblast
Education: Primary education
Party: No affiliation
Job: Laborer
Arrested: August 8, 1937
Sentence: Sentenced to death on August 19, 1937.
Executed on August 20, 1937.
Rehabilitated in 1989.

Joseph Stalin was born as Josef Vissarionovich Djugashvili. He changed his name in his 30’s to Stalin, meaning “Man of Steel.”

Boris Nikolayevich Rozenfeld

Victim of Stalin's Great Purge Boris Nikolayevich Rozenfeld
Boris Nikolayevich Rozenfeld.
Name: Boris Nikolayevich Rozenfeld
Nationality: Russian Jew
Born: 1908 in St. Petersburg
Education: Higher education
Party: No affiliation
Job: Engineer of the Mosenergo company
Arrested: January 31, 1935
Sentence: Prisoner of Byelomoro-Baltisky complex of camps in Karelia.
Transported from the camp to Moscow on April 12, 1937.
Sentenced to death and executed on July 13, 1937.
Rehabilitated in 1990.

Stalin was only 5‘4 tall.

Vasily Semyonovich Kurenkov

Victim of Stalin's Great Purge Vasily Semyonovich Kurenkov
Vasily Semyonovich Kurenkov.
Name: Vasily Semyonovich Kurenkov
Nationality: Russian
Born: 1886 in Faleleyevo village, Western Oblast
Education: Primary education
Party: No affiliation
Job: Farm worker
Arrested: August 10, 1937
Sentence: Sentenced to death on August 19, 1937.
Executed on August 21, 1937.
Rehabilitated in 1989.

In total, Stalin was directly responsible for the death of at least 20 million people.

Aleksei Zheltikov

Victim of Stalin's Great Purge Aleksei Zheltikov
Aleksei Zheltikov.
Name: Aleksei Zheltikov
Nationality: -
Born: 1890
Education: -
Party: -
Job: Locksmith at the Moscow Metro workshops
Arrested: -
Sentence: Shot on November 1, 1937.

The Russian city of Volgograd was named Stalingrad after Joseph Stalin himself, to recognize the city’s and Stalin’s role in its defense against the Anti-Communist forces between 1918 and 1920.

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