31 December 1938* [Stalin] Great Terror

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.


Stalin, I.V.



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

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