31 January 1938*, Pb 57/48

Dealing with “Anti-Soviet Elements”. Politburo accepts NKVD request to increase quotas for 1st category arrests (executions) and 2nd category arrests in 22 Republics and Regions across the USSR (2 pp). [R 31 January 1938, Pb 57-48]

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Abstract from the Minutes of meeting No 57 of the Politburo
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 Resolution of 31 January 1938

48. Concerning Anti-Soviet elements

1. Adopt the proposal of the USSR NKVD to confirm additional acts of repression [1] against former kulaks, criminals and active anti-Soviet elements for the following Regions and Republics:

  1. Armenian SSR — 1,000 persons – 1st category & 1,000 – 2nd category
  2. Belorussian SSR — 1,500 – in 1st category [1]
  3. Ukrainian SSR — 6,000 – in 1st category [1]
  4. Georgian SSR — 1,500 – in 1st category
  5. Azerbaijani SSR — 2,000 – 1st category
  6. Turkmen SSR — 1,000 – 1st category
  7. Kirgiz SSR — 500 – 1st category
  8. Tadjik SSR — 1,000 – 1st category & 500 – 2nd category
  9. Uzbek SSR — 2,000 – 1st category & 500 – 2nd category
  10. Far East Region — 8,000 – 1st category & 2,000 – 2nd category
  11. Chita Region — 1,500 – 1st category & 500 – 2nd category
  12. Buryat-Mongol Region — 500 – 1st category
  13. Irkutsk Region — 3,000 – 1st category & 500 – 2nd category
  14. Krasnoyarsk Region — 1,500 – 1st category & 500 – 2nd category
  15. Novosibirsk Region — 1,000 – 1st category
  16. Omsk Region — 3,000 – 1st category [1]
  17. Altai Region — 2,000 – 1st category & 1,000 – 2nd category
  18. Leningrad Region — 3,000 – 1st category
  19. Karelian ASSR — 500 – 1st category & 200 – 2nd category
  20. Kalinin Region — 1,500 – 1st category & 500 – 2nd category
  21. Moscow Region — 1,000 – 1st category
  22. Sverdlovsk Region — 2,000 – 1st category

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Item No. [48] of [57th] meeting of the Politburo, dated [31 January] 19 [38]

RESOLVED

2. Propose that the USSR NKVD to carry out the entire operation, but that the above-mentioned Regions and Republics complete no later than 15 March 1938, and the Far Eastern Region no later than 1 April 1938.

3. In accordance with this Resolution prolong the work of troikas [2] examining the cases of former kulaks, criminals and anti-Soviet elements in the Regions and Republics listed in item 1.

In all other Regions and Republics the work of the troikas will end no later than 15 February 1938, having finished and examined all cases within the quotas established for these Regions and Republics.

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NOTES
[1] Subsequently, the NKVD in the Republics, or the local Party bosses, would ask for yet further increases in their quotas, as other documents in this archive show — in the Gorky Region, in Ukraine, the Omsk Region and Belorussia. See, for example, 4 February 1938* (No 95/111), 17 February 1938* (Pb 58/57), 10 May 1938 (Pb 61) and 17 July 1938.
[2] The troika was a local extra-judicial, three-man tribunal (with representatives, typically, from the Party, the NKVD and the Procurator’s Office) that rubber-stamped lists of those already condemned to imprisonment or execution.
General
1. Notes and additions by translator and editor are bracketed, thus [ ];
2. Text added by hand is indicated in italic script;
3. when a handwritten phrase, figure or word has been inserted
in a previously typed document it is indicated by underlined italic script.
Translation, John Crowfoot

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