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    Hello All,

    I am researching Soviet mass murder from the period starting at the end of the Russian Civil War up until the invasion of Poland in 1939, or from 1922 to mid-1939.

    I am aware of the collectivization famines of 1932-1933 and the Great Terror of 1937-1938.

    I am curious as to whether there are any reliable statistics on the executions and killings caused:

    By the GPU (1922-24)
    By the OGPU (1924-31, 1934)
    By the NKVD (1934-36, 1939)

    Certainly, Stalin believed and/or led others to believe that ethnic minorities in the Soviet Union were a threat, and that there were vast Polish, German and Japanese espionage and subversion conspiracies.

    Thank you and much appreciated.

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    Try the seminal works by the late Robert Conquest. IIRC the Hoover Institute published long ago books on this period. Try for the Ukrainian aspect Anne Reid's book 'Borderland'.

    Moved to this to the RFI thread incidentally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidbfpo View Post
    Try the seminal works by the late Robert Conquest. IIRC the Hoover Institute published long ago books on this period. Try for the Ukrainian aspect Anne Reid's book 'Borderland'.

    Moved to this to the RFI thread incidentally.
    Yes, there's quite a bit of controversy over the numbers, especially where extra-judicial killings outside of executions and starvation deaths are concerned. I'm trying to expand on the data in Timothy Snyder's "Bloodlands".

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