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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.