Social Repercussion of Stalinist Repressions
03 February, 2011
Social Repercussion of Stalinist Repressions

In the 1950’s 99 percent of KGB workers became psychiatric patients. He practically shattered their personality, having instigated many suicides among them. Stalin killed all that was pre-revolutionary (old) in them, but he could not manage to create a post-revolutionary (new) type of a human being, which he was aiming at. Professor Simon Maskharashvili has more.
GJ – Stalinist regime and Stalin’s repressive machine took millions of lives. 13500 persons (these are officially confirmed figures) were executed in Georgia in

compliance with so the called ‘death quotas’. Even more were exiled and have died in the depths of Mid-Asian and Siberian howling steppes and forests. Amazingly, next to Stalinist butchers, there lived and worked some good people who would help to survive others at the expense of their own lives.
SM – Do you want to hear a story which I have heard from the peasants of Tskhneti – a small borough near Tbilisi? Once, the convicts sentenced to capital punishment were brought to Tskhneti, where the sentence was meant to be executed – away from the capital. The executioner made several shots. Each shot took the life of one person. Bullet escaped one of them, but he pretended to be dead, having dived into the pre-dug grave in which the shot convicts were already lying. The executioner could not notice the act, but one of the convoys did, although he did not say a word of what he had seen. When the corpses were being covered with earth, the survivor was pilfered from the grave and saved. You see, there used to be people like that convoy man who would be ready to give a hand to the convicts who needed their help.  
GJ – There were so many victims and there was so much blood spilled in those years that even the executioners were fed up with the gory floods flowing in the country.
SM – There is a psychiatric hospital in Asatiani Street of Tbilisi, which is lined with two-storied buildings. If you had a nice look at them you would notice that the second floor windows are protected with iron bars, but the first floor windows are not. Isn’t this strange? If the inmates wanted to escape, would they not be able to do that from the first floor? 
GJ – So what did they want to be secure from by means of using those iron bars?
SM – Those bars were mounted at the beginning of 1950’s. There were registered about one hundred cases of suicide in the hospital and who do you think had committed those suicides? Most of them were former KGB operatives. 99 % of those secret servicemen found themselves in those mental homes. They just became insane! Here goes another story: In the same period, I mean in the 1950’s the Soviet marketplace was inundated with a huge amount of antique furniture and other stuff of the sort. You are probably guessing why. The household stuff belonged to the people executed in that reprehensible year of 1937. After eliminating the entire family, the KGB staff members would pull those belongings from their houses to take them home. What happened though is that at some point they started hating the stolen things and dumped them in stores for sale.
GJ – Those things probably smelled blood . . .
SM – Stalin wanted to change the nature of the people, but he could not make any alterations even in the character of KGB staff members and executioners, but he still enjoyed certain success – he drove many of them to morbidity and insanity. He practically shattered their personality, having instigated many suicides among them. Stalin killed all that was pre-revolutionary (old) in them, but he could not manage to create a post-revolutionary (new) type of a human being, which he was aiming at. The vainly executed people were not just regular Stalinist victims, they were the sufferers from real evil which were working not to the benefit of the Soviet Union per se, but served the interests of Stalin and his criminal band, which grew and strengthened as a consequence of that evil.

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