Stalin’s written permission for the Krasnoyarsk Region (Siberia) to carry out several thousand additional “1st category arrests” (executions). The instruction was written in pencil on a small, plain slip of paper. [Russian: 31 December 1938]
Permit Krasnoyarsk Region
6,600 additional ‘1st category’ arrests.
This instruction came two months after the Great Terror had ended; Yezhov himself had been arrested on 25 November 1938.
- 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