Study of Kirov's Murder



                         Transport Department of the Central
                         Committee of the All-Union Communist
                         Party (of Bolsheviks) to Comrade
                         Evgen'ev

               On the Analytical Study of the Confidential  
      Letter of the Central Committee of the All-Union Communist
      Party (of Bolsheviks) about Lessons Learned from the Events
      Surrounding the Heinous Murder of Comrade Kirov1

      ....

      Study of the letter of the Central Committee began with an
instructional conference with the chiefs of political sections
supervising workers in the administration of the Political
Section for Land Transport and the party organizers of the Moscow
[transportation] hub. The conference was held January 20 by the
supervisor of the Political Section for Land Transport.

      On January 22 study of the letter began at hub conferences
of party organizers and the active party membership of branch
political sections; these meetings were held by the chief of the
Political Section for Land Transport and the deputy and members
of the Party Collegium for Land Transport.

      On January 25 study of the letter began in party committees
with active party members and subsequently at closed party
meetings.
      
      For study of the letter at the closed party meetings, the
Political Section for Land Transport appointed party workers as
leaders in 46 party organizations.

      The party organizations for transport received a great deal
of help from territorial party organizations, especially in
Moscow and in Tula and Gorkii as well; those organizations helped
in the guidance of workers in the political sections and sent
their workers to meetings of railway party organizations for
study of the Central Committee letter.

      In a vast majority of the party transport organizations,
study of the Central Committee letter proceeded at the highest
ideological-political level, showing the political strength and
uncompromising nature of party organizations in the struggle for
the overall party line, as well as their solidarity around the
Stalin Central Committee and the party leader, Comrade Stalin.

      The letter was heard with particular attention and
exceptional interest at all the meetings.

      The reading of the letter was accompanied by commentary and
an emphasis on its exceptional clarity, precision and Stalinist
style.
      
      In the majority of organizations, the closed meetings were
well prepared and distinguished by very large attendance and
exceptional political activity.

      At the Voitovich Plant, for example, of 280 persons who
could have attended 272 were present and 93 spoke. At the Krasnyi
Put' Plant, 60 of 73 persons attended and 18 spoke.  ....  In the
22nd Railway Region (Ranenburg), 19 of 24 communists attended and
11 spoke. In the First Section, 98 to 100 percent took part in
the party meetings.

      Among communists who were not present at the closed party
meetings because of illness or assignment, supplementary meetings
were held to study the letter.

      Party organizers visited intermediate outposts for study of
the letter with individual communists. 

      Individual party organizations conducted poor preparations
and therefore study of the letter proceeded at a low political
level. For example, at Steam Engine Station Moskva-1, study of
the Central Committee letter at a meeting of the party committee
and active membership missed the principal political meaning of
the letter and debate was limited to minor faults in composition.
The same thing occurred at the party meeting of the 18th Railway
Region. At the Kashir Repair Shop, the double-dealing of former
Trotskyites was not exposed to its full depth. Therefore, a 
second study of the letter was conducted in these organizations. 

      At this meeting it was also indicated that the work being
conducted was only the beginning of accomplishing the basic tasks
stemming from the Central Committee letter.

      This especially concerns party organizations and individual
communists at small field stations where study of the Central
Committee letter was less vigorous, where existing scandals have
still [not] been exposed and where revolutionary vigilance,
preparedness for struggle and the ideological political work of
communists is not yet at the necessary level.

       The meeting discussed in particular detail and provided
concrete instruction on the question of improving propaganda
work. 

       At present, study of the Central Committee letter has
begun in komsomol2 organizations, in relation to which the
political section discloses certain facts concerning party
organizers not providing required leadership for this study and
sometimes not even attending komsomol meetings for study of the
letter. The political sections of [labor] branches and party
organizers were notified of the impermissability of such
happenings, and a proposal was made to the political section
chiefs that they personally accompany the active members of
komsomol organizations in study of the Central Committee letter
and single out proven communists and responsible workers for
study of the letter in all komsomol organizations to ensure an
ideologically high political level for komsomol meetings in the
study of the Central Committee letter.

                   Chief of the Political Section for
                     Land Transportation

                       [signature indistinct]
                            (Kostanian)




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Translator's notes:
1Kirov, a prominent party leader, was murdered December 1, 1934;
     this event marked the beginning of the Great Terror.
2"komsomol" [kommunisticheskii soiuz molodezhi] is the acronym
     for the Communist Youth League.



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