Crime But No Punishment
To the Editor:
I read with great admiration and also growing anger Marco Carynnyk’s “The Killing Fields of Kiev” [October]. My anger was not directed at the author of the article. He is to be highly commended for a powerful piece about a dreadful atrocity. We are in debt to him for reminding all of us what Stalinism and Communism were all about.
My anger is due to a simple but glaring fact: to this day, though we have been saturated with revelation after revelation of the monumental scale of Stalinist crimes, literally not one, not even one Stalinist murderer has been punished for Stalinist crimes anywhere by anyone! Lest there be any confusion, Lavrenti Beria, head of the secret police (NKVD) under Stalin, was shot in 1953 not because he was a Stalinist criminal but because he threatened the power of his Stalinist accomplices.
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