Convicts sentenced to a 5 years' exile in 1938

Convicts sentenced to a 5 years' exile in 1938

A small, but very notable stream of exiles with a 5 years' term got to our region early in 1938. It was the families of those who had been sentenced in March and October 1937 by itinerant sessions (in Krasnoyarsk) of the Military Kollegium of the USSR Supreme Court.

In February 1938 the OSO of the NKVD "legalized" the formal documents for a five years' term of exile in Turukhansk, imposed on all family members of full age. Until navigation was again possible in the summer they were kept in the Krasnoyarsk in prison.

Here we should give a little explanation. We are mistaken to believe that solely the big heads of the authorities happened to get under the Military Kollegium: among those who had been sentenced by the Military Kollegium of the Supreme Court, there were lots of (although apparently not the majority) simple workers, such as railwaymen, school teachers and shop men from village shops.

We are not aware of any cases that convicts sentenced to a five years' exile and coming from other regions, were deported to Turukhansk or any other places within our region.

We also do not know about any cases that families of convicts were sent into exile by the decision of itinerant sessions of the Military Kollegium of the Supreme Court in July 1938. 


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