Caption: Uniformed Soviet NKVD
officers wearing bolstered Korovin pistols.
Voisin analyzes Soviet legislation, legal experts' opinions documented in various position papers and reports, dozens of criminal investigation files (and she would have analyzed more had she been given access to the documentation), Soviet press and propaganda posters, citizens' petitions to the authorities at various levels, army and NKVD
intelligence reports on the situation in the occupied and newly liberated territories, Soviet documentaries and movies, and many other types of sources.
Venona decrypts of Soviet transmissions confirm his status as an NKVD
source, but they shed no light on his motivations.
During the darkest days of the Soviet Union, the chiefs of the NKVD
were the country's second most important officials.
record shows how the Soviets aimed to get rid of them" (293).
During the following months they were detained in the NKVD
camps in the western part of the USSR, in Kozelsk, Ostashkov and Starobelsk."
were directly under Stalin's control and made the KGB look like a gentle group therapy unit.
Her husband Wladyslaw was handed to the Soviet secret police, the NKVD
, after refusing to collaborate with the occupiers.
Secret police forces throughout the region, trained by the Soviet's own NKVD
, solely pursued the interests of Moscow, targeting anyone who stood in the way of Communist domination.
In the subsequent months the Katyn lie was reinforced by fabricated "evidence" provided by the Soviet security departments NKVD
Jaime RamA[sup.3]n Mercader del RA-o, a Spanish Communist and agent for Russia's notorious NKVD
intelligence agency, murdered the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky in Mexico City in 1940 under orders from Joseph Stalin.