Stalins Henchmen - The NKVD
Narodnyi Komissariat Vnutrennikh Del
Assuming you have now read the 1939 Molotov Ribbentrop section, you will understand that the USSR was now invading Poland in the Eastern Kresy region.
Vast amounts of polish people, from soldiers down to their babies, were arrested and deported. How did this come about? Who controlled it and why was it allowed to happen?
What Stalin got away with and has never been accountable for is shocking. He mocked the value of human life and declared the loss of one life to be "tragic" but the loss of a million lives to be a "statistic". His "justice" came out of the barrel of a gun.
Stalins henchmen, the NKVD undertook Stalins dirty work, his own hands never got dirty but rather he used and manipulated others to do his work for him.
Learn More About Stalin In This Shocking Video
The above video gives massive insight on how Stalin learned to manipulate people via fabricated plots and false charges and how later, via the NKVD he would continue this behaviour against the Polish people.
The NKVD Who Were They?
The USSR had an internal ministry called the NKVD that had existed prior to Stalin and continued right through his reign.
The NKVD was known as "The People's Commissariat Of Internal Affairs"
- In Russian this is: Народный комиссариат внутренних дел
- A western translation would be: Narodnyi Komissariat Vnutrennikh Del), abbreviated NKVD
They acted as the Police force and oversaw Police work as well as prisons and labour camps along with Soviet border protection. They had their own professional spies as well as civilian ones.
The NKVD had a huge part to play in the political repression of the Polish people, the mass deportation of them to Siberia and Kaazakhstan, as well as mass executions, including the Katyn forest massacre. It is quite worrying really that the same department could act as judge and jury.
In 1939, after Poland was invaded by the Russians, a puppet Russian government was installed in Poland. The NKVD moved into Poland also and thus began a geo-political reordering that lead to terrible atrocities, arrests and deportations. Around 21% (6 million) of Polands inhabitants were directly affected.