Stalin and the Politics of Kinship: Practices of Collective Punishment, 1920s–1940s

@article{Alexopoulos2008StalinAT,
  title={Stalin and the Politics of Kinship: Practices of Collective Punishment, 1920s–1940s},
  author={G. Alexopoulos},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  year={2008},
  volume={50},
  pages={91 - 117}
}
  • G. Alexopoulos
  • Published 2008
  • Sociology
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
At a Kremlin reception on 7 November 1937, Stalin declared that enemies should be eliminated as kinship groups: “And we will eliminate every such enemy [of the state and peoples of the USSR]… . we will eliminate his entire lineage (rod), his family! … Here's to the final extermination of all enemies, both themselves and their clan (rod).”1 In the Soviet Union, political enemies were rounded up in groups of kin, family ties marked people as disloyal, and “counterrevolutionary” charges against… Expand