The Moscow Purge Trials: 1936 and 1937-38

Golay, Michael
December 1997
Great World Trials;1997, p231
Reference Entry
An encyclopedia entry for the 1936-1938 Moscow purge trials is presented. Three groups of old Bolsheviks were charged with murder, terrorism and political deviation. The proceedings perfected the confessional trial where the accused publicly recant. Most of the accused were executed and was used by Joseph Stalin as a pretext to repression on an unprecedented scale which sparked the "great terror." Ultimately millions were arrested which led to the establishment of the gulag where they were banished.


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