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    Originally posted by Nichols View Post

    The problem with your claim is that we are going by 1st hand family accounts. Not propaganda that we picked up while Ubering around Buffalo.
    Knew me a family in Schenectady -- about three-plus hours drive from Stonewall Jack up there in Buffalo -- Latvians . . . . When the Soviets occupied Latvia in the wake of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Non-Agression Pact of Aug '39, they sent NKVD personnel into all of the towns and cities. In this one family's home they found an old Victrola.



    They had steel needles on the end of the tone arm. For some reason -- why I was never able to discern -- the father removed the steel needle from the Victrola's tone arm and hid it. When the NKVD came in, they saw the Victrola, but without the needle it couldn't play any records. The NKVD officer went berserk, threatening the father, who did not reveal the needle's location. He smacked the old man around a little bit, but still he wouldn't give up the needle. Then they took him outside and proceeded to beat the snot out of him. Ultimately they shipped him to GULAG, from where he never returned.

    Just another eyewitness account about the conduct of our Soviet friends . . . .

    By the way, even Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin -- aka the current President of the Russian Federation -- has stated that the Soviet regime executed nearly ten thousand Poles in the forests near Smolyensk.

    The crimes of Stalin’s regime cannot be justified, Premier Vladimir Putin has said. . . . .

    "For decades, attempts have been made to cover up the truth about the Katyn executions with cynical lies,” the Russian Prime Minister said, as quoted by RIA Novosti. . . . .

    On Wednesday, Putin met with his Polish counterpart, Donald Tusk, in the Russian western city of Smolensk to attend a commemoration service that marked the 70th anniversary of the tragic events. The ceremony took place at a memorial complex erected on a mass grave of victims of Soviet repressions and Polish officers – prisoners of war – killed in Katyn, a forest west of Smolensk.

    “This is the first time the Prime Ministers of Russia and Poland have honoured the victims of Katyn together. For both Russians and Poles, the truth about the past is of the utmost importance, no matter how hard or uncomfortable that truth may be. And we shall do everything to make sure our people know the truth,” Vladimir Putin said.
    The Russian premier said that Katyn “has inseparably linked the fates” of the Soviet citizens who fell victim to the repressions, Poles executed in 1940 and Red Army officers who were killed by the Nazis.

    “These crimes cannot be justified in any way,” Putin said. “Our country has given a clear political, legal and moral assessment of the evil of the totalitarian regime. And this assessment cannot be revised,” he stressed.

    The machine of Stalin's totalitarian regime operated in secrecy, with details still coming out today. Katyn was one of four locations where the Poles were murdered.

    Initially, the Soviet Union denied any responsibility and tried to blame Nazi forces for the killings. In the 1930s, Soviet security officials planted a forest to hide the mass graves of thousands of political prisoners who had been murdered and buried. But a document released by Russian president Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s clearly showed the signature of Joseph Stalin on the execution order. (To read more on the topic, please follow the link) . . . .

    "Blame for massacre of Poles cannot be put on Russians – Putin," Russia Today, 6 Oct 2010
    Yeah, our Soviet friends . . . .

    Just out of curiosity, why did RT originally post that article 7 Apr 2010, only to edit it six months later?

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