The Secret File of Joseph Stalin: A Hidden Life
This account of Stalin's life begins with his early years, the family breakup caused by the suspicion that the boy was the result of an adulterous affair, the abuse by his father and the growth of the traumatized boy into criminal, spy, and finally one of the 20th century's political monsters.
agents—either on being prodded by their case officers or on their own initiative—committed provocations, instigated violence and caused scandals that embarrassed the Okhrana. Zubatov’s methods of using agents provocateurs became known in Russian history collectively as Zubatovshchina. They were so common and extreme that some Okhrana officers suspected Zubatov of being a ‘hidden revolutionary’ who had wormed his way into the Okhrana to subvert the government from within.7 In 1901, a scandal
Mikhoels be killed ‘with an axe wrapped in a wet quilted jacket’, Stalin instructed his agents to run the body over with a truck.15 This instruction mirrors an earlier murder: in 1922, Kamo was killed on Stalin’s orders—he was run over with a truck as he was cycling at night in Tiflis.16 The two murders, one by axe, the other by a truck, merged in the case of Mikhoels. This merging of two murders suggests that there was a connection between them in Stalin’s mind. The question is, what was this
recruited Malinovsky as a ‘secret collaborator’, or salaried agent. By the end of 1911, Malinovsky had submitted 57 reports in poor Russian, signed Portnoy (tailor). When Malinovsky reported the arrival of Ordzhonikidze in Moscow, Zavarzin saw an opportunity to advance Malinovsky to the top of Lenin’s organization and ordered him to declare himself a Bolshevik. Ordzhonikidze directed Filip Goloshchekin, a dentist turned revolutionary who had just escaped from exile, to deliver Lenin’s message and
supposedly a relative of the Ambassador. When Von Mirbach said that he knew of no such relative, Andreev The secret file of Joseph Stalin 122 intervened, saying, ‘Perhaps the Ambassador wants to know what measures will be taken by the Tribunal in the case of Count Robert von Mirbach?’ This was an agreed signal. Blumkin opened his briefcase saying, ‘Yes, yes, now I’ll show the Ambassador…’. With these words, Blumkin drew a revolver and fired three shots, all of which missed. Von Mirbach rushed
power carefully enough.’33 Knowing that Stalin had to be informed about everything that happened at Lenin’s bedside, Volodicheva sent a copy of the dictation to him. The next day Lenin continued his dictation, belatedly telling Volodicheva, ‘What was dictated yesterday and today is absolutely secret.’ Volodicheva decided not to send Stalin a copy of the second dictation, but told Nadezhda Allilueva, Stalin’s wife, who worked in Lenin’s Secretariat, that Lenin had dictated some messages