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Informer 001: The Myth of Pavlik Morozov
When Russia was in the throes of Joseph Stalin's campaign for the forced collectivization of Soviet agriculture, a young boy named Pavlik Morozov informed the OGPU (later called the KGB) that his father was an enemy of the regime. As a result, Pavlik's father was arrested and disappeared in a Soviet concentration camp. Enemies of the party later killed the boy, whereupon p...more
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published January 31st 1997 by Transaction Publishers
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Nov 13, 2011 Meaghan rated it 5 of 5 stars
A brilliant piece of Russian history, deconstructing the life, times, death and legacy of Pavlik Morozov, a teenage boy who was murdered (along with his younger brother Fyodor) in Russia in 1932, supposedly because he denounced his father to the Soviet secret police. He subsequently became a national hero and a model for Soviet youth, but Druzhnikov proves that virtually every aspect of Pavlik's story is either grossly distorted or an outright lie. (He wasn't even called Pavlik!) The myth is as...more