the soviet authorities never saw people as human and therefore did with them as they saw fit. Deportation of entire segments of the population was no rarity. During collectivization, thousands upon thousands of peasants were rounded up and sent from the land they had farmed for generations to far-off Siberia. In 1934, after Kirov was murdered, a terrible blow was delivered to Leningraders with “incorrect backgrounds,” and thousands of those who had once been members of the nobility or clergy or who had engaged in business were expelled from the city along with their children and grandchildren.
But for a long time in the land that called on the proletariat of all countries to unite, and that preached internationalism, nobody was deported due to their ethnic origins.
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