Stalingrad: Oblastnoe knigoizdatel’stvo, 1937. Octavo (21.5 × 14.5 cm). Original staple-stitched printed wrappers; 43,  pp. A small tear to upper right corner of the wrappers and text block; rear wrapper restored with tape, still about good or better. Item #6237
This brochure for political agitators was published during the Stalinist Purges (1936-1938), in which many of the victims were tried and executed for espionage. The three articles provide information about Nikolai Bukharin and Alexei Rykov, presented as Trotskyist spies who conspired against Lenin as early as 1917. Trotsky was Stalin’s primary competitor for power after the death of Lenin in 1924, while Bukharin and Rykov were Stalin’s allies in forcing Trotsky out of the party and out of the Soviet Union. In 1937 both Bukharin and Rykov were arrested and subjected to a show trial. Published in the year of their arrests the brochure presents the “evidence” against Bukharin and Rykov as well as nearly a dozen other Soviet politicians as Trotskyist spies. Both Bukharin and Rykov were executed in 1938. A longer version of this brochure (181 pp.) was published in the same year in Voronezh and a shorter version (18 pp.) in Moscow. KVK and OCLC show only the shortest (Moscow) version outside of Russia, at the Library of Congress, Hoover Institution, and Michigan.