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The Soviet Story

Director: Edvins Snore

The film tells the story of the Soviet regime.

– The Great Famine in Ukraine (1932/33)
– The Katyn massacre (1940)
– The SS-KGB partnership [in the late 1930s the KGB was called NKVD, more info>]
– Soviet mass deportations
– Medical experiments in the GULAG.

These are just a few of the subjects covered in the film.

“The Soviet Story” also discusses the impact of the Soviet legacy on modern day Europe. Listen to experts and European MPs discussing the implications of a selective attitude towards mass murder; and meet a woman describing the burial of her new born son in a GULAG concentration camp.
The Soviet Story is a story of pain, injustice and “realpolitik”.

Rare footage shot in 1990, the last year of the USSR, shows an abandoned Soviet death-camp in Magadan, Siberia, where the KGB had carried out medical experiments on prisoners.
The film also presents never before broadcasted Nazi footage showing Soviets helping Hitler launch WW2 and providing aid for the Nazi Blitzkrieg.

”The Soviet Story” features a number of photographs taken by Heinrich Hoffmann, Hitler’s personal photographer. These pictures have never before been shown to the public.
The film also presents several shocking Nazi documents found by the film’s author in the Political Archive of the German Foreign Ministry (2007).

The film crew interviewed more than 20 experts – leading Western and Russian historians, members of the European Parliament, a Soviet Secret agent, a Soviet military intelligence colonel, Soviet dissidents, GULAG inmates, as well as victims of the Famine-Genocide, deportations and of other Soviet crimes.

Norman Davies

historian, professor, Cambridge University:
”People were being shot day and night throughout the biggest country in the world. Stalin even got to the point of killing people by random, by quotas.”


Mikhail GorbachevSoviet president:
“Stalin was awash in blood! I saw the death sentences, which he signed in packages!”


Emma KorpaGULAG survivor:
“Children were not considered inmates, so they were buried in a civilian graveyard.”


Ģirts Valdis KristovskisMember of the European Parliament:
“Europe continues to ignore Soviet crimes, mass murders, while millions of the victims are neglected.”


Volodimir Sergiychukprofessor, University of Kyiv:
“This is a sacred place for me. Because it is the resting place of the Famine victims, including my grandmother…”


Vladimir Karpovformer Soviet Colonel [of Military intelligence – GRU]:
Khrushchev was allowed to kill 7 or 8 thousand „enemies”. He asked: “Please increase my quota to 17 000!”


Françoise Thomprofessor of Modern History, Sorbonne
”Stalin authorized children to be shot from the age of twelve!”


Natalia Lebedevahistorian, Institute of General HistoryRAS, Moscow:
” If a regime is criminal, then it acts criminally in all areas, including foreign affairs.”


Boris Sokolovprofessor, Moscow State Social University:
”Nobody wants to admit that one’s ancestors were simple criminals.”


Viktor Suvorovformer Soviet Secret Agent:
“A delegation of German Gestapo and SS came to the Soviet Union to learn how to build concentration camps.”


George Watsonliterary historian, Cambridge University:
“Marx and Engels called Basks, Bretons, and Serbs – „racial trash”, Voelkerabfall.”


Nicolas Werthhistorian, co-author of “The Black book of Communism”:
“Yes, people were killed by bullet in the head. We know that usually they were killed by bunches of between one hundred and several hundreds every night.”


Vladimir Bukovskyformer Soviet dissident:
”Stalin exiled about a dozen of nations completely. Part and parcel. Chechens, Ingush, Kalmiks, Karachaevs, Crimean Tatars. A dozen of nations completely wiped out!”


Pierre Rigoulothistorian, Institut d’histoire Sociale, Paris:
”French Communist party say today that they were resistant well before June 1941, when Soviet Union was attacked. In fact, they were in fight with marshal Peten’s government more than the German.”


Inese VaidereMember of the European Parliament:
”The Soviet Union transferred a lot of ethnic Russians into the occupied Baltic countries. It was a clear violation of Geneva Convention.”


Sergey Sluchhistorian, Institute of Slavic Studies, RAS, Moscow:
”According to all norms of international law, the decision of the Soviet Government to invade Poland [in 1939] was a clear act of aggression.”


Ari VatanenMember of the European Parliament:
”My father lost four of his brothers in that war. Four! That was the price we paid that we did not have a democratic society next to us.”


Alexander Guryanov“Memorial” society, Moscow:
”In the 1930s the technology of murder and executions was introduced. Every administrative region had a designated area where corpses were to be buried.”


Wojciech RoszkowskiMember of the European Parliament:
”Russian identity has been shaped up by the sense of being part of a big empire.”


Michael GahlerMember of the European Parliament:
”There is a equal right for all the victims to see those who committed crimes to see them tried and sentenced.”


Rita Papinasurvivor of Soviet terror:
”It is hard to speak about it. It is as if a scar was torn and is bleeding again.”


André BrieMember of the European Parliament :
”Russia as a successor of the Soviet Union is obliged to carry out a real investigation of the crimes and the character of their system.”


Christopher Beazleyhistorian, Member of the European Parliament:
”The agreement, which Stalin made with the West affected the whole of Europe for the next 50 years.”

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