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WHY DID THEY CONFESS?

Yamenev-Zinoviev case, Stalin had a government decree enacted which restored the power of pardon and commutation to the President of the Soviet Union. This decree was no doubt designed to suggest to the sixteen men who were about to confess in public that clemency awaited them. Yet during the trial one prisoner after another made the statement: " It is not for me to beg for mercy," " I do not ask for a mitigation of my punishment," " I do not consider it possible to beg for clemency."
In the early hours of the morning of August 24 the sixteen men were sentenced to be shot. They immediately appealed for clemency. The evening of that same day the Soviet Government announced that it had "rejected the appeal for mercy of those condemned" and that "the verdict has been executed." Had they made a bargain with Stalin which he did not keep? More probably they cherished a faint and wavering hope, and that was all.
In the second show trial, that of the RadekPiatakov-Sokolnikov group, Stalin acted as though he were trying to make sure of more confessions for future trials. He had four of the seventeen men in this group spared by commutation of sentence. Two of these were leading figures, Radek and Sokolnikov; the other two were obscure agents of the Ogpu, planted as "witnesses," for the purpose of framing the others.
A year later, in June 1937, eight ranking generals
of the Red Army, led by Tukhachevsky, were executed without any confessions, after an alleged secret trial. On July 9, I937, in Tiflis, the capital of Stalin's native land, seven outstanding Caucasian Bolsheviks, led by Stalin's former fellow-revolutionist, Budu Mdivani, were executed without confessions, after another
alleged secret trial. On December 19 1937, still

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