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Politburo And The Church, Kremlin Archives
N. Petrovsky, S.G. Petrov
Conclusion of the Deputy People's Commissar of Justice P. A. Krasikov on a cipher telegram from Kostroma about the autopsy of the relics of St. Barnabas Vetluzhsky [Between April 28 - May 2, 1922]
No. 23-39 *
APPENDIX TO PR [OTOCOL] No. 5, clause 7 of the MEETING OF THE POLITBURO of the Central Committee of the RCP dated 4.V.22
The Silver Tomb is subject to confiscation on a common basis. Therefore, disclosure and removal should be done, requiring a local priest or other church person to assist with the operation. The Governmental Executive Committee must appoint a responsible person to the commission, who monitors the correctness of the operation. If there is no inner coffin, then after opening it should be placed in a special box and transported to the Gubmuseum or Moscow. The autopsy must necessarily be calculated for the subsequent removal of the so-called] relics. During the autopsy, only members of the commission [,] the clergy are present in the temple (representatives from local workers' organizations are desirable). If major complications are expected, immediately report to the GPU.
- L. 58. Certified typewritten copy of the 1930s. Dated from No. 23-38 and the date of the cover letter (see note to No. 23-39).
- APRF, f. 3, op. 1, d.274, l. 8 - rev. Draft minutes of the Politburo meeting. Handwritten original, autograph. Top left on l. With the 8th hand of PA Krasikov, the stamp: " In [is] Secret ." Below in his own hand: “To the secret department of Ts. K. R. K. P. Com. Burakova ". At the end of the text on l. 8ob. in his own hand: "Appendix: Cipher telegram No. 804" (No. 23-38). On l. 8 handwritten note stating that the document is an appendix to the Politburo resolution, protocol No. 5 p. 7 of May 4, 1922 (No. 23-40), and a stamp on the document's belonging to the proceedings of the Politburo meeting, minutes No. 5, p. 7 dated May 4, 1922 (No. 2340). Stamp of the Secret Archives of the Central Committee of the CPSU
Notes and Comments:
The case contains a cover letter on the letterhead of the Central Committee of the RCP (b) to these two documents, sent on May 2, 1922 on behalf of I.V. Stalin for conclusion to L.D. Trotsky, signed by A.M. Nazaretyan. On the letter by hand of L. D. Trotsky there is a resolution: “To the Politburo. Trotsky. " A stamp and a handwritten note on the document's belonging to the office work of the Politburo meeting, minutes No. 5, item 7 of May 4, 1922 (No. 2340). Stamp of the Secret Archives of the Central Committee of the CPSU (b) with an inventory number. (L. 59).