Soviet Partisan Violence against Soviet Civilians: Targeting Their Own

  title={Soviet Partisan Violence against Soviet Civilians: Targeting Their Own},
  author={Alexander Statiev},
  journal={Europe-Asia Studies},
  pages={1525 - 1552}
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