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Adler, Friedrich. The witchcraft trial in Moscow - Image 26. 1937. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. June 22, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/5987/show/5976.

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Adler, Friedrich. (1937). The witchcraft trial in Moscow - Image 26. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/5987/show/5976

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Title The witchcraft trial in Moscow
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Adler, Friedrich
Publisher Pioneer Publishers
Date 1937
Description In regard to the trial of Zinoviev, Kamenev and others in August, 1936.
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Trials
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Zinovyev, Grigory Y.
  • Kamenev, Lev B.
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Soviet Union
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  • pamphlets
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Extent 32 pages; 20 cm
Original Item Location DK267.P25 1937
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304411~S11
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections
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Transcript LEGAL SECURITY ABOLISHED On December 1st, 1934, on the day after the assassination of Kirov, the Central Executive Committee of the U.S.S.R. put into force decrees containing the following terrible provisions: "Appeals against sentences imposed, and petitions for pardon will not be considered." "Sentences to the highest penalty are to be carried out immediately after the sentence is promulgated." Against this barbarism, this "complete destruction by a stroke of the pen of the morsel of legal security which lies in the time allowed for appeal between the death sentence and the execution," we energetically protested in the above mentioned article, and we shall continue to protest against it. But we admit that we did not think it possible that that which was proclaimed at the moment of panic following the assassination of Kirov would be regarded as the law in force eighteen months later and literally carried out. On that occasion, December 5th, 1934, "sixty-six accused White- Guardists were sentenced to be shot" in accordance with the "verdict" of the Supreme Court. The only concrete point which the world learned with regard to their crime was that "the majority of the accused had slipped in through Poland, Latvia and Finland." The shooting was the application of the accelerated procedure of the death penalty without any respite, which had been proclaimed five days before. What really happened may be clearly seen at once from the official statement in the Pravda of December 4th, the first part of which announces which members of the People's Commissariat of the Interior in the Leningrad area were dismissed and delivered over to the court, while the second part gives the names of the 71 "White-Guardists" who were handed over to the Collegium of the Supreme Court of the U.S.S.R. on December 2nd to be judged by rapid procedure. It was a terrorist measure produced by the failure of the police in the case of the assassination of Kirov. What happened at that time, occurred at a moment of panic. But now, eighteen months later, another sixteen men are shot without it having been possible for their trial to be reconsidered by a second court, and the shooting was carried out during the night after the verdict. In our telegram of August 21st to the Soviet Government, we demanded that "in any case no procedure excluding the right of appeal shall be applied." The reconsideration of a verdict by a second court is one of the obvious conditions for legal security, and really does not need any further explanation."" Because we demanded legal guarantees *Even on this point Pritt decides to defend political justice in the Soviet Union ("The Zinoviev Trial," pp. 34-35). He does not shrink from saying that this lack of the right to appeal is accounted for by an enormous advantage for the accused, since they have the good fortune to come before the highest court at once. And logically, of course, theTe cannot be a higher court than the highest. Accordingly, the right to appeal must fall! Yet this highest court, which Pritt describes—without meaning to be ironical—as "the most highly qualified court" for such cases, is—literally—a Collegium of three military judges. We shall not discuss this "argument" until Pritt suggests introducing this advantage of the single court, in the case of offenses involving the death penalty, for defendants in England as well. 24