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Agents of Terror: Ordinary Men and Extraordinary Violence in Stalin's Secret Police
by Alexander Vatlin
edited by Seth Bernstein
foreword by Oleg Khlevniuk
University of Wisconsin Press, 2018
eISBN: 978-0-299-31083-7 | Cloth: 978-0-299-31080-6 | Paper: 978-0-299-31084-4
Library of Congress Classification HV8225.7.N37V3813 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 363.283094709041

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
During Stalin's Great Terror, more than a million Soviet citizens were arrested or killed for political crimes they did not commit. Who carried out these purges, and what motivated them? Alexander Vatlin opens up the world of the Soviet perpetrators using detailed evidence from one Moscow suburb. Spurred by ambition or fear, local secret police rushed to fulfill quotas for arresting "enemies of the people"—even when it meant fabricating evidence. Vatlin confronts head-on issues of historical agency and moral responsibility in Stalin-era crimes.
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