Soviet Secret Police NKVD G. Yagoda Signed Document

Soviet Secret Police NKVD G. Yagoda Signed Document


Genrikh Grigoryevich Yagoda (1891 –1938), document from 1927 signed as” G. Yagoda” in Cyrillic, with letterheads of OGPU (a Main Political Directorate), addressed to deputy head of Revolutionary Military Tribunal Joseph Unshliht.

The document is a petition for awarding with the order of “Red Banner” Zinovy Katznelson the head of Main Border Security Directorate and OGPU troops, dimension 8 1/2 in. x 7 in., in very good condition.  



Deputy Chairman of the Revolutionary Military Council of the USSR comrade Unshliht.

Former members of the Revolutionary Military Council of the 3d, the 6th, and the 12th armies and the South-Western Front comrades Aralov and Kuzmin brought before you a petition for the award of the Order of the Red Banner Chief of the Border Guard and OGPU comrade Katznelson Zinovy Borisovich, for combat service on the fronts of the Civil War.

He noted the combat merits of the comrade Katznelson in the organs of the OGPU, from my part I solicit to award him with the order of “Red Banner"

About the subsequent request to notify.

Deputy Chairman of the OGPU Yagoda. (signature in green pen)

Yagoda became the chief of NKVD, the Soviet Secret Service police from 1934 to 1936. He supervised the deportations, confiscations, mass arrests and executions that accompanied the forced collectivization, and was one of people responsible for Holodomor which resulted in deaths of at least 7.5 million people. He is also responsible for arrest, show trial, and execution of the old Bolsheviks Lev Kamenev and Gregory Zinoviev, in the events of the Great Purge. Yagoda supervised the construction of the White Sea-Baltic Canal with Naftaly Frenkel, using penal labor from the GULAG system, during which many laborers died.

Like many Soviet NKVD officers who conducted political repression, Yagoda himself became ultimately a victim of the Purge. He was demoted from the directorship of the NKVD in favor of Nikolai Yezhov in 1936 and arrested in 1937. Charged with the crimes of wrecking, espionage, Trotskyism and conspiracy, Yagoda was a defendant at the Trial of the Twenty-One, the last of the major Soviet show trials of the 1930s. Following his confession at the trial, Yagoda was found guilty and shot.

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