All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks).
March 5, 1940
Excerpt from the minutes No. 13 of the CC Politburo's
Resolution of March 5, 1940
144. - the matter from the NKVD USSR.
I. Instruct the NKVD USSR:
1) the cases of 14 700 people remaining in the
prisoner-of-war camps - former Polish Army officers, government officials,
landowners, policemen, intelligence agents, military policemen, settlers
2) and also the cases of arrested and remaining in prisons in the western
districts of Ukraine and Belorussia people in the number of 11 000 -
members of various counter-revolutionary spy and sabotage organizations,
former landowners, factory owners, former Polish Army officers, government
officials and fugitives - to be considered in a special manner with the
obligatory sentence of capital punishment - shooting.
II. The consideration of the cases to be carried out
without the convicts being summoned and without revealing the charges;
with no statements concerning the conclusion of the investigation and
the bills of indictment given to them. To be carried out in the following
a) people remaining in the prisoner-of-war camps - on the
basis of information provided by the Directorate of Prisoner-of-War
Affairs NKVD USSR,
b) people arrested - on the basis of case information provided by the
NKVD of the Ukrainian SSR and NKVD of the Belorussian SSR.
III. The responsibility for consideration of the cases
and the passing of the resolution to be laid on a troika that consists of
C. C. Merkulov, Kobulov and Bashtakov (Head, 1st Special Division of the
The Secretary of the CC
KATYN MEMORIAL WALL
POLAND - WWII
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