The Secret File of Joseph Stalin: A Hidden Life

The Secret File of Joseph Stalin: A Hidden Life

Roman Brackman

Language: English

Pages: 500


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This account of Stalin's life begins with his early years, the family breakup caused by the suspicion that the boy was the result of an adulterous affair, the abuse by his father and the growth of the traumatized boy into criminal, spy, and finally one of the 20th century's political monsters.

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the citation was in recognition of the ‘exemplary carrying out of an important assignment’. The staff of Stalin’s Secretariat joked that Pauker should wear the medal not on his chest, but on his cheek.22 Stalin’s fear of the Chinese threat engendered a preposterous idea, which was made public some three months after Chiang Kai-shek’s suppression of the Canton commune: the settling of Jews in the Birobidzhan area (named after its two rivers, Bira and Bidzhan), the eastern Siberia region along the

Institution. Copy in the author’s archive. 29. Garting’s report no. 23, dated 10/23 January 1908, and his report no. 29, dated 14/27 January 1908. On file at the Hoover Institution. Copies in the author’s archive. 30. A year later, a report to Garting describing money obtained by Lenin’s cashier, Krasin, referred to the possibility that the 200,000 rubles mentioned in the report may have been obtained by cashing the money stolen in Tiflis in 1907. See report no. 127089, dated 5 April 1909, of the

her last months of pregnancy. The decision to postpone Koba’s exile until after the birth of their first child may have been Eremin’s way of expressing recognition of Koba’s service to the Okhrana. Keke gave birth to a son on 16 March 1908. Koba named his son Yakobi (Yakov in Russian), but called him Koba (the Georgian diminutive of Yakobi).6 Koba therefore named his son after himself or, rather, gave the boy the name he had chosen for himself. Nine days later, on 25 March 1908, the

years, they met as old friends who had no secrets from each other. Surin asked Koba how his affair with Maria Kuzakova, who had accused Koba of raping her, had ended.10 Surin also confided to Koba that a scheme to assassinate the Tsar was in progress and that the attempt would be made during the forthcoming celebration of the 300th Anniversary of the House of Romanov. Koba decided to use this information to reinstate his relations with the Okhrana. He sent two letters to Lieutenant-Colonel

help the Whites in the Civil War to fight the Red Bolsheviks, but the Western democracies, exhausted by four years of bloody conflict, had no desire to enter another war. French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau called merely for a cordon sanitaire around the Soviet state, perceiving Bolshevism as a kind of plague threatening mankind. Early in 1919 Stalin and Dzerzhinsky were sent to the Ural front, where they immediately started summary executions. Then Stalin was sent to the southern front,

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