By Donald Filtzer
Soviet staff and overdue Stalinism is a examine of labour and labour coverage in the course of the serious interval of the Soviet Union's postwar restoration and the final years of Stalin. it's also a close social heritage of the Soviet Union in those years, for non-Russian readers. utilizing formerly inaccessible archival resources, Donald Filtzer describes the tragic hardships confronted by way of staff and their households correct after the warfare; stipulations in housing and overall healthiness care; the exact difficulties of younger staff; operating stipulations inside undefined; and the super lines which regime coverage put not only at the mass of the inhabitants, yet at the team spirit and dedication of key associations in the Stalinist political approach, so much particularly the alternate unions and the procuracy. Donald Filtzer's sophisticated and compelling publication will curiosity all historians of the Soviet Union and of socialism.
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Op. 21, d. 275, l. 147). RGAE, f. 8592, op. 2, d. 754, l. 84, 128, 162–3. Trud, 10 April, 14 April, 13 July, 23 November, 30 November, 14 December 1946. Trud, 30 November, 3 December, 19 December 1946, and 28 January 1947; Za sovetskuyu malolitrazhku, 29 October 1946; Stalinets (Rostsel mash), 21 December 1946. RGAE, f. 1884, op. 31, d. 6585, l. 231–2, 247–54; d. 6588, l. 80, 86–7; d. 7878, l. 49, 51–2; d. 7882, l. 66–7; d. 8317, l. 1. 22 Soviet workers and late Stalinism many soldiers were also Party members no doubt lent such efforts even greater urgency.
Rebuilding the workforce 25 coal industry was ﬁrst proposed by Kruglov, head of the MVD, in late 1946. Under the scheme 120,000 prisoners were to go to the coal mines and 55,000 to construction in the coal and oil industries, although we do not know how many prisoners were eventually involved. They were obliged to work at their assigned enterprise for at least ﬁve years; if they absconded from their job or committed any other offence they were to be returned to a labour camp, where they would serve out the unexpired period of their sentence, plus any new sentence associated with the crime they had just committed.
Punishment of petty theft from industrial enterprises was now increased from one year’s imprisonment to seven. 41 Their victims were primarily workers and peasants. Although at ﬁrst glance we might intuitively assume that the laws had been introduced primarily as a weapon against the peasantry, this was not strictly so. Looking ﬁrst at the law against theft of state property, only in 1947, the actual famine year, did collective farmers outnumber workers among its victims. Thereafter the number of workers represented a larger share of convictions, although after the end of rationing in 1948 and the growing importance of graft and embezzlement, clerical employees became even more prominent than workers.