Foreign News: Purge of Purgers

Soviet newsorgans were crammed last week with a new scandal: the crimes committed by small Communist officials in carrying out locally the nationwide purge fathered by Joseph Stalin. Typical was the case of one Pavel P. Postishev, Communist leader in Kuybishev (formerly Samara). He was arraigned in the harshest terms by Pravda, "because he purged local Communists by tens and hundreds." Pravda added with frankness that Postishev committed such "excesses" in Kuybishev after he had been transferred thither from the Ukraine six months ago as "punishment for lack of political vigilance."

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