A wave of popular anger and profound outrage engulfed
the entire Soviet people when they found out about the monstrous crimes
carried out by the “Right-Trostkyite bloc,” a group of filthy and cowardly
fascist conspirators, spies, murderers and provocateurs. In all their
voracious aspect, the heinous degenerates appear before the court of the
people, accomplices of the fiend Trotsky, Bukharin, Rykov, Yagoda and other
plotters of the “Right-Trotskyite bloc.”
This pack of bloody dogs wished to steal from the
Soviet people all that they had achieved through decades of persistent and
heroic struggle. These traitors to the Motherland wanted to dismember the
Soviet country and sell it piecemeal to imperialist invaders. In a
treasonable conspiracy with bourgeois nationalists, Trotskyite-Bukharinist
traitors planned the forcible separation from the USSR of the Ukraine,
Byelorussia, the Central Asian Republics, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and
the coastal regions of the Far East. Acting according to plans, broadly
conceived and worked out by the war offices of several foreign governments,
the “Right-Trotskyite bloc” of fascist killers carried out their spying,
wrecking, sabotage and terrorist activities in order to undermine the
strength of our country, to call forth a military attack by imperialist
aggressors against the USSR, and organize the defeat of the Red Army in the
event of such an attack. They wanted to return the workers and peasants to
the abhorrent past, to enslave the peoples of the USSR, to restore
capitalism, to return the land to the landowners, the plants and factories
to the capitalists -- such is the odious program of the Trotsky-Bukharinite
The trial of the “Right-Trotskyite bloc” raised the
curtain that hid many of the counterrevolutionary crimes of Bukharin and
Trotsky, perpetrated by them even in 1918, immediately after the October
Revolution. To disrupt the peace of Brest, to overthrow the Soviet
government, to arrest and kill Lenin, Stalin and Sverdlov – such was the
unspeakably monstrous plan of Bukharin and Trotsky dating from even the
first months' existence of Soviet power.
In subsequent years, the Trotskyites and Bukharinists,
remaining faithful to their counterrevolutionary aims, with savage hatred
tried to thwart the building of socialism. It has been established by
investigation that Trotsky has been a spy for one foreign intelligence
service since 1921 and another since 1926. Several of the defendants were
agents and provocateurs of the Tsarist secret police.
All the despicable activity of the Trotskyite-Bukharinists
from beginning to end consists of a chain of monstrous betrayals and
perfidy. They encroached on the peaceful labor of the workers, the peasants,
the intellectuals; they encroached on the happiness and joy of our children.
They wanted to turn our Soviet people into slaves of Capital.
The degenerates, killers, and spies miscalculated. The
fearless, keen-eyed Soviet intelligence service, led by Stalinist Peoples’
Commissar N.I. Yezhov, spoiled all their plans, all the machinations of
Trotsky, Bukharin, Rykov and their capitalist bosses, and unmasked the band
of hired fascist killers and spies.
To betray the Motherland, to kill Kirov, to murder
Gorky, Menzhinsky, Kuibyshev, to sell out to the fascists, to plot the
murder of Lenin, Stalin, and Sverdlov – what a despicable perversion of
human nature! Kirov, Menzhinsky, Kuibyshev and dozens of selfless fighters
for Communism – workers, Stakhanovites, and Red Army soldiers were killed by
the sworn enemies of the working class. The enemies dared to murder the
great Russian writer, the genius of word-painting, the ardent fighter for
Communism Alexei Maximovich Gorky. They murdered this great writer and
humanist because he loved the toiling masses and was devoted to his own
class, to the Soviet people, to whom he committed his entire wonderful life.
The killers were caught red-handed. Fascism suffered
yet another defeat. The exposure of the plot of the “Right-Trotskyite bloc”
inflicts a severe blow on world fascism.
The enemies were unable to undermine the power of the
Soviet government. The people, the party of Lenin and Stalin built a
socialist society, a joyful creation, a prosperous life. The country’s
well-being grows stronger. The combat effectiveness of the Worker-Peasant
Red Army and the Soviet intelligence service are unshakable. Great is the
anger of the Soviet people. Boundless is their hatred for the filthy
killers, provocateurs and spies.
“If the enemy does not surrender, he will be
destroyed.” – these words of Alexei Maximovich Gorky speak straight to our
hearts. In the socialist homeland, on the hallowed Soviet land, as among all
decent people in the world, there will be no place for the despicable
reptiles, spies, saboteurs, those who encroach on the happiness and joy of
the people, those who make an attempt on the freedom and independence of the
great socialist country.
The Soviet court renders its verdict in the name of
all the people. The scoundrels will get their just deserts. The entire
Soviet people will rally even more closely around the party of Lenin and
Stalin, and, without mercy, sweeping off the face of the earth the
degenerates of the human race, and will continue its victorious progress
forward to the bright future, to communism.