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NKVD Katyn executioners named

Postby Peter H on 16 Dec 2008 19:35

http://www.polskieradio.pl/thenews/huma ... /?id=98101

The Russian Memorial Society NGO, investigating the “Katyn massacre”, has discovered a list of names of Soviet secret agents responsible for murdering thousands of Polish officers in 1940.

The man in charge of the mass murder is thought to be personally responsible for the death of 50,000 people over a long and bloody career.

Researcher Nikita Pietrov has got hold of a list of officers of the NKVD - a forerunner to the KGB - who participated in the Katyn massacre, where up to 22,000 Polish officers were murdered in prison camps and forests in Russia.

The head executioner turns out to be the then 45-year-old Vasilij Blochin. Making his first kill of Russian dissidents in 1927 he went on to execute people regularly for the next 29 years, causing the death of an estimated 50,000.

Records indicate that Blochin was especially trusted by Stalin, who used him to eliminate many of his enemies, real and imagined. The Katyn massacre was among the executioner’s special tasks for which he received considerable reward once Stalin signed their fate in the spring of 1940.

Researcher Nikita Pietrov claims that the Soviet secret police rewarded not only high ranking officers involved in the murders, but also drivers, typists and ordinary soldiers.

The Soviets initially claimed that that Nazi soldiers were responsible for the Katyn massacre. But after an investigation in the 1990s, Moscow admitted that it was in fact the NKVD who were responsible but have since refused, both to label the massacre as ‘genocide’, or carry out prosecutions against those still alive who took part.

Nikita Pietrov of NGO Memorial Society is trying to establish and reveal the names of all Katyn executioners who are still being protected against war crime trials by the Russian authorities.
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Re: NKVD Katyn executioners named

Postby Peter H on 16 Dec 2008 19:45

From: http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forums/s ... hp?t=71409 Poster MonsterZero

Despite active opposition from Russian authorities, Russian historian Nikita Pyetron has published pictures showing for the first time in history, the faces of 11 of the 125 Russian NKVD officers who murdered Polish POWs at Katyn in 1940...Sorry about the quality of the pics, Poland's TVP1 channel has a streaming video showing more images but it is not available to people outside of EU.
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Re: NKVD Katyn executioners named

Postby Musashi on 17 Dec 2008 00:45

You have their faces here.
You can click these images to resize them.
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Re: NKVD Katyn executioners named

Postby Peter H on 17 Dec 2008 02:14

Thanks

Anything on the arch killer Vasilij Blochin?

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Re: NKVD Katyn executioners named

Postby Juha Tompuri on 17 Dec 2008 20:29

Peter H wrote:Anything on the arch killer Vasilij Blochin?
Here some wiki-info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasili_Blokhin
His career in Russian:
http://www.pseudology.org/colonels/Bloxin_VM.htm

Regards, Juha

P.S. I wonder did he practise/enjoy shooting on his leisure time?
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Re: NKVD Katyn executioners named

Postby Peter H on 17 Dec 2008 22:38

Thanks Juha

Chilling--"making him ostensibly the most prolific official executioner in recorded world history...His count of 6,000 shot in 28 days remains one of the most organized and protracted mass murders by a single individual on record"

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Re: NKVD Katyn executioners named

Postby Von Schadewald on 17 Apr 2009 11:19

Wouls SS-Unterscharfuhrer Willi Mentz have murdered more than Blokhin's 6,000 during his service as the neck-shooter at Treblinka's sham hospital?
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