Ivan Chistyakov was a Muscovite who was expelled from the Communist Party during the purges of the late 1920s and early 1930s. He commanded an armed guard unit on a section of BAM, the Baikal-Amur Mainline, which was built by forced labor. He was killed in 1941.
Outside It Is Already Winter: Two New Books on Stalinist Terror
Patrick Kurp on “The Day Will Pass Away: The Diary of a Gulag Prison Guard: 1935-1936” and “Stalinist Perpetrators on Trial.”...