E125: Matthew LUXMOORE on Denis KARAGODIN’s crusade in Tomsk
– "Matthew LUXMOORE, a Moscow-based correspondent for RFE/RL, discusses his March 2021 article about an amateur researcher in Tomsk named Denis KARAGODIN who’s spent the better part of a decade compiling archival documents about the execution of his great-grandfather in 1938 by officers in the NKVD. Earlier this year, the local authorities reportedly started building a criminal case against KARAGODIN on defamation charges filed by the relatives of some of his grandfather’s supposed executioners."
2:17 What did Matt ask Denis KARAGODIN?
6:51 Does it take a professional historian to do this archival work?
9:37 STALIN’s Terror vs. U.S. slavery
11:09 Public opinion about KARAGODIN’s campaign
15:39 Framing KARAGODIN’s archival work as political activism
17:53 Privacy as a political weapon
22:45 Should historians start fearing criminal prosecution in Russia?
"<...> Karagodin, who is working on a doctoral thesis when not researching, is facing two legal cases seeking to shut down karagodin.org, a sprawling online museum recounting his discoveries, full of documents, fascinating historical tangents — and a tab with the heading “murderers.”<...>"
"If Karagodin is sanctioned by the courts, it would mark another ominous turn as Russian security chiefs tighten their grip and Putin cracks down on activists, journalists and opponents such as jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Karagodin’s efforts for justice and transparency also offer a template for others to follow — provided they have the energy and time to overcome bureaucratic resistance. <...>"
“There’s been a murder,” he told the FSB major, asking to see the archive. The major, surprised, countered: “Write a request. <...>"
"Karagodin is planning a podcast to drum up public pressure."
He spent years uncovering the Stalin-era execution of his great-grandfather. Lawsuits seek to bury the evidence. https://t.co/92YssGBU3I
"In the Siberian city of Tomsk, a man who has been researching the circumstances of his great-grandfather’s execution during Stalin’s Great Terror has been accused of defamation, by the son of a deceased executioner.) If a person whose name has supposedly been tarnished is long dead, the notion of defamation may seem absurd as a legal matter. But it represents the core of the memory wars: the current generation feels implicated in the crimes of its forebears, precisely because the ruling parties’ politics in both countries are the politics of the past."
Внучка палача попросила прощения у правнука убитого им человека. Правнук в ответ протянул руку примирения и предложил "обнулить" ситуацию, полагая покончить, тем самым, с этой бесконечной российской гражданской войной.
In her letter, Julia (the name is used with her permission) reported that she learned about who her grandfather was only from our publication, which cast her into the deepest shock. Trying to recover from the devastating news, she began to study the materials of the site of the INVESTIGATION in details, but after reading our third publication (see the second), she could not stand it and wrote a letter to us.
We will hold them all to account: from Stalin to the specific executioner in Tomsk, including the driver of the "black voronok" (Voronok – a black car used by the officers of NKVD to arrest “traitors of the country”). One man kills another, and then says: you know, I killed him, but here's the certificate that I rehabilitated him - now everything is Okay. No, it's not okay. And it is absolutely obvious. We believe that the discussion that never happened in the 1950s or in the 1980s has now begun!
The great-grandson of Stepan Ivanovich, who graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of Tomsk University, 34-year-old Denis Karagodin decided to identify the names of those who were guilty of falsifying accusations against those arrested in the "Harbinskiy case" and trace the criminal chain - from the Kremlin initiators of the "Great Terror" to ordinary performers in Tomsk , right up to the drivers of the "black voronok" and typists who reprinted the papers of the NKVD. The archives of the Soviet secret services are extremely reluctant to share information, but Denis managed to get a lot of documents showing how the machine of Stalin's repressions worked, killing innocent people.
Старейшее издание Северной Америки и мира – деловая газета "The Wall Street Journal" (город Нью-Йорк) опубликовала статью о нашем РАССЛЕДОВАНИИ:
A Russian Fights for Stalin’s Victims. – Friday, 16 December 2016, 14:00 GMT, The Wall Street Journal.
Специальный репортаж из Томска (на основе многочасовой беседы с Денисом Карагодиным и городской экспедиции по местам событий) нарратора James Marson:
A Russian Fights for Stalin’s Victims. Nearly 80 years ago, Joseph Stalin’s secret police shot the great-grandfather of Denis Karagodin. Now he has shaken Russia with a landmark investigation. <...>"They buried him here and thought the story was over," says Mr. Karagodin, a fast-talking 34-year-old who shares the intense eyes that stare out from photographs of his great-grandfather. Stepan was a victim of the Soviet dictator's Great Terror against so-called enemies of the people. He had been charged with spying for Japan, but in 1955, after Stalin's death, Stepan's name was cleared. "With that, they thought that the matter was settled," said Mr. Karagodin. "I wanted to show that it wasn't."<...> – Friday, 16 December 2016, 14:00 GMT, The Wall Street Journal – http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-russian-fights-for-stalins-victims-1481896844
Благодарим автора James Marson и газету "The Wall Street Journal" за проявленный интерес, профессионализм и объективную подачу информации.
Seeking justice for Stalin's victims Who killed Stepan Karagodin? The question has preoccupied his family since the Russian peasant was executed almost 80 years ago. Now his great-grandson says he knows the killers' names. Aaron Tilton reports from Moscow. – 23.11.2016, DW (Deutsche Welle) – http://www.dw.com/en/seeking-justice-for-stalins-victims/a-36494018
Старейшее издание Европы и мира – британская газета "The Guardian" (город Лондон) опубликовала статью о нашем РАССЛЕДОВАНИИ:
Great-grandson of man killed in Stalin's purges to sue Russian state – The Guardian.
Адаптированный нарратив на основе статьи на русском языке "Мне помогают расстрелянные" от авторов Robert Coalson и Dmitry Volchek:
Great-grandson of man killed in Stalin's purges to sue Russian state – Descendant given document revealing chain of responsibility for death, from Soviet leader to three executioners. <...> A young designer in Russia plans to sue the state in an unprecedented case after an archivist sent him evidence appearing to name the agents of Joseph Stalin’s secret police who executed his great-grandfather. Denis Karagodin, 34, received the document in the post after repeated requests to the Federal Security Service (FSB) for information about the circumstances of his great-grandfather’s execution. – Wednesday 30 November 2016 11.32 GMT – https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/30/great-grandson-of-man-killed-in-stalins-purges-to-sue-russian-state
Благодарим авторов Robert Coalson и Dmitry Volchek, а также газету "The Guardian" за проявленный интерес, профессионализм и объективную подачу информации.