By Karel C. Berkhoff

Stalinist propaganda as a method for keep an eye on --
Selfless obedience and heroism on the entrance --
A unmarried compelled hard work camp --
Material privations --
Monstrous atrocities --
A bestial plan for actual extermination --
Hatred with all of the may of the soul --
The motherland and its peoples --
Immortal avengers and enemy accomplices --
Allies who needs to subscribe to the motion.

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An article in Krasnaia zvezda with the dateline September 18 asserted that Kiev’s main street was as crowded and noisy as always. 13 “Over the course of recent days there has been heavy fighting near Kiev. The fascist- German armies, disregarding the enormous losses in people and armaments, again and again throw new units into the fight. At one of the sectors of Kiev’s defense, the opponent managed to breach our fortifications and to move out to the city outskirts. 14 Two items then foretold the fall in a way the Bureau could not.

For some time David Ortenberg of Krasnaia zvezda visited Lev Mekhlis, the main army commissar, to show him page proofs. 98 Even Agitprop regularly sought out the inner circle’s prior approval. And when Kalinin, the head of state, had revised a speech for publication, Aleksandrov felt compelled to obtain Shcherbakov’s green light. 99 As later chapters will also show, Stalin personally joined the supervision. At his office he often glanced at the page proofs of the central papers and verbally instructed the editors on the spot.

Strictly speaking a government body (and of the Russian Soviet republic only), it was actually controlled by Agitprop. (A prewar proposal to rename it the Main Directorate of Censorship at the Council of People’s Commissars of the USSR was not adopted. ) Glavlit collaborated with various government bodies, such as newly created departments of military censorship at the commissariats of defense and the fleet. Since the Great Terror the body was led by N. G. Sadchikov, thirty-seven years old in 1941, who also held the position of plenipotentiary of the Council of People’s Commissars of the USSR for the Protection of Military Secrets in the Press.

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