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Stalin versus the Red Army

Produced by : STUDIO DOKKINO, LLC
Year : 2011
Duration : 46
Number of episodes : 1
Written by : ANTON NIKITIN, YULIA PROKOPENKO
Directed by : DANIIL SYRYKH
Produced by : ANNA BEZLYUDNAYA
Starring : Narrator – ALEXANDER KLYUKVIN
Territory : Worldwide
Rights : All
Rights valid : up to 31.12.81
On June 11, 1937 a special tribunal consisted of six high-ranking military commanders sentenced Mikhail Tukhachevsky, Marshall of the Soviet Union, and a “group of traitors” to death on the charge of conspiracy. The execution of some leaders of the Red Army is known as the Military Case (the case of “Anti-Soviet Military Organization”). On June 12, 1937 the newspaper Izvestia published the following: “The spies Tukhachevsky, Yakir, Uborevich, Kork, Eideman, Feldman, Primakov and Putna sold out to the deadly enemies of Socialism and dared to raise their blooded hands against the life and happiness of one hundred and seventy million people, the people that had created the “Stalin Constitution” and built a society free of ruling classes…”. Stalinist repressions are often called the main reason of terrible disasters of the first year of the Great Patriotic War. Why did Stalin destroy chief military officers of the Red Army while Hitler was feverishly making preparations for war? Why were the best officers of the Red Army presented as a gang of traitors and spies? One of the greatest paradoxes of Soviet history is that knowing that a war could break out at any moment, Stalin killed the best military commanders and strategists. Why were these people killed? If Stalin had failed to destroy all officers on the eve of the war, might the war have never started? In any case the war would have been different and would not have caused death to so many people…