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Caption: "As the Great Terror escalated, Stalin surrounded himself with Georgians like Grigori "Sergo" Odzhonikidze and the despicable Lavrenty Beria. Like many of the Old Bolsheviks, Sergo did not survive the Terror; he simply knew too much about Stalin."

Caption: "As the Great Terror escalated, Stalin surrounded himself with Georgians like Grigori "Sergo" Odzhonikidze and the despicable Lavrenty Beria. Like many of the Old Bolsheviks, Sergo did not survive the Terror; he simply knew too much about Stalin."

Michail Toechatsjevski, de Rode Napoleon. Maarschalk in het Rode Leger en (politiek) mecenas van Dmitri Sjostakovitsj

Michail Toechatsjevski, de Rode Napoleon. Maarschalk in het Rode Leger en (politiek) mecenas van Dmitri Sjostakovitsj

Nikolai Ivanovich Yezhov or Ezhov  (May 1, 1895 – February 4, 1940) was the senior figure in the NKVD (the Soviet secret police) under Joseph Stalin during the period of the Great Purge. His reign is sometimes known as the "Yezhovshchina", "the Yezhov era", a term that began to be used during the de-Stalinization campaign of the 1950s. During the beginning of World War II his status within the USSR became that of a political unperson.

Nikolai Ivanovich Yezhov or Ezhov (May 1, 1895 – February 4, 1940) was the senior figure in the NKVD (the Soviet secret police) under Joseph Stalin during the period of the Great Purge. His reign is sometimes known as the "Yezhovshchina", "the Yezhov era", a term that began to be used during the de-Stalinization campaign of the 1950s. During the beginning of World War II his status within the USSR became that of a political unperson.

Soviet leader Joseph Stalin (1878 - 1953, right) with his son, Vasily (1921 - 1962) and daughter Svetlana (1926 - 2011) at one of Stalin's dachas, former Soviet Union, June 1935. Both children are by Stalin's second wife, Nadezhda Alliluyeva. The photograph was taken by Stalin's head of personal security, Nikolai Vlasik (1896 - 1967).

Soviet leader Joseph Stalin (1878 - 1953, right) with his son, Vasily (1921 - 1962) and daughter Svetlana (1926 - 2011) at one of Stalin's dachas, former Soviet Union, June 1935. Both children are by Stalin's second wife, Nadezhda Alliluyeva. The photograph was taken by Stalin's head of personal security, Nikolai Vlasik (1896 - 1967).

Nikolai Bukharin; By Unknown - Well known photo of Bukharin, published i.a. in Stephen Cohen "Bukharin" 1974, as in the international press . See: "Ilustrowany Kurier Codzienny", Kraków 1930, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3802559

Nikolai Bukharin; By Unknown - Well known photo of Bukharin, published i.a. in Stephen Cohen "Bukharin" 1974, as in the international press . See: "Ilustrowany Kurier Codzienny", Kraków 1930, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3802559

Nikolai Bulganin 1955.jpg

Nikolai Bulganin 1955.jpg

Yuri Pyatakov. Left Communist and Left Oppositionist. Played a leading role in the Ukrainian Communist Party. Renounced 'Trotskyism' in 1928, but was killed in 1937.

Yuri Pyatakov. Left Communist and Left Oppositionist. Played a leading role in the Ukrainian Communist Party. Renounced 'Trotskyism' in 1928, but was killed in 1937.

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