The Secret File of Joseph Stalin: A Hidden Life
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This account of Stalin's life begins with his early years, the family breakup caused by the suspicion that the boy was the result of an adulterous affair, the abuse by his father and the growth of the traumatized boy into criminal, spy, and finally one of the 20th century's political monsters.
Kamo was arrested by the Rumanian police. The director of the Department of Police, Trusevich, announced that the Zora had been carrying ‘no less than 2,000 rapid-fire rifles, 650,000 rounds of ammunition, many boxes of bombs and grenades and a considerable quantity of illegal literature’.2 The Russian government requested Kamo’s extradition, but the Rumanian authorities released him. Litvinov urgently asked Lenin for money to buy a new shipment of arms, and this was the reason for the meeting in
secret press run by the Okhrana. The president of the union accused Koba of being an agent provocateur.34 The accusation was echoed by leading Baku Mensheviks. ‘You are nothing but a provocateur!’ one of them charged Koba.35 The leader of the Baku Bolsheviks, Stepan Shaumian, who had known Koba since 1905—and whom Koba had denounced to the Okhrana on several occasions—openly accused him of cooperating with the Okhrana.36 Koba’s difficulties came to a head when on 23 March 1910 the Social
Zhitomirsky was indeed an Okhrana agent but not the one Syrkin had in mind. Burtsev told Malinovsky, ‘Take a trip to Moscow, check on some of my connections in the Department of Police. If I were there, I’d make a quick job of it…’. Malinovsky reported this information to Beletsky and to the Moscow Okhrana Chief, Colonel Martynov. Syrkin was arrested and sentenced to hard labor in Siberia.4 While in Paris, Malinovsky delivered a highly emotional speech on the split in the Social Democratic
is dishonest to throw mud on the basis of mere rumors…’.34 Martov asked the court to collect affidavits from prominent Georgian revolutionaries who had expelled Stalin from the party and knew about the charge by a worker named Zharinov that Stalin had instigated an almost fatal attack on him.35 The court assigned the prominent Menshevik and historian Boris Nikolaevsky to collect the testimony. When he returned to Moscow with the affidavits of the Georgian party members, he discovered that all the
decision to allow Lenin, because of his health, only ten minutes a day for dictation and to forbid him access to any information that might be a ‘cause for reflection and anxiety’. Fotieva repeated Lenin’s request at the next Politburo meeting. ‘Since Vladimir Ilyich insists, I think it would be even worse to refuse’, said Kamenev, turning to Stalin, who replied with undisguised annoyance, ‘I don’t know. Let him do as he likes.’39 Then, addressing all the Politburo members, Stalin declared that