The Archival Bulletin №11 examines the repression of women under Soviet rule. The reader will learn how many women were tried, sent into exile, or sentenced to death in Georgia by the so-called “Troika” during the Great Purge of 1937-1938. This is the first time a full list of these women has been published. The reader will also learn about the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs (NKVD), its influence on the lives of thousands, and the conditions of life in exile for many women. This issue deals explicitly with methods of interrogation and torture used by the NKDV to extract evidence and confessions. The documents informing the Bulletin have been inaccessible for years. Order №00486 is a film based on documents preserved in the MIA Archive. It tells a story of repressed and tortured women in exile, and the complicated and frequently tragic circumstances they faced upon release.
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The Archival Bulletin №10 is about Georgian writers and literature. It examines Stalin’s connection to the translation
of the epic poem The Knight in the Panther’s Skin in 1939-1940, and the repression of Georgian writers following a
report by Beria. ; The testimony of an NKVD prison guard acquaints the reader with how mistrust and fear spread
throughout society, and how many were destroyed both morally and physically. Cases include those of Paolo Iashvili,
who was driven to commit suicide, TitsianTabidze, Mikheil Javakhishvili and Nikolo Mitsishvili, who were executed,
Petre Gruzinsky, who was certified as insane, and the writer Galaktion, whose poems were condemned. The article
“Lidia Gasviani’s Case” explores the practice of denunciation. Documents of great historical importance appear in this
issue of The Archival Bulletin. We hope to shed light on this era of secrecy.
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The Archive Administration of the Informational-Analytical department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs held a
presentation of The Archival Bulletin №9, and an exhibit of unique photographs preserved in the Archive.
While the current issue is about the fight for Georgian independence from the 1920s until April 9th, 1989, the photos
were chosen to represent “Red History.”
Georgian and international researchers and scientists, as well as representatives from foreign archives, attended the
presentation and exhibition.
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The theme of The Archival Bulletin №8 is religion. It is published with the blessing of His Holiness and Beatitude, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II.
This issue includes biographies of the Georgian patriarchs, and the following articles: “1212 Closed Churches Within a Year in Georgia”; “The Anti-Religious Campaign in Racha”; “The Struggle Against the Georgian Church”; “The Atheists’ Union; A Letter by Lavrenti Beria in Reply to a Famous Memorandum by Ambrose Khelaia”; and “The Letters of Kalistrate Tsintsadze”.
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The major theme of issue №7 is Ossetia. Readers are presented with many newly-available and compelling facts, as
well as analyses of the following questions: Why isn’t South Ossetia a sovereign state?; has Russia based its policies
regarding South Ossetia on falsehood?; and was Soviet Power established by force? This issue also deals with the
executions of Archimandrite Pemen Dashniani and Levan Razikashvili (son of Vazha Pshavela), the 22-year exile of
writer Levan Gotua, and Ioseb Jughashvili’s (Stalin’s) studies at the theological seminary. The journal also offers a
traditional rubric - Tulni - about the gang of Vasil Kasradze. Each article is accompanied by corresponding
documents. We hope that readers will find The Archival Bulletin №7 particularly interesting.
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On September 27th, 2009, the Archive Administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs will hold the event Without Walls. The event will be held at the Atriumi (Zugdidi) theatre, with the help of the Interim Committee for the Restoration of Territorial Entities, the Central Library of the Zugdidi Municipality, and the Abkhazian Authority.
We will be screening the film Gindia Case (subtitles in Abkhazian), and presenting the The Archival Bulletin №6, which is about Abkhazia. This issue is a tri-lingual publication in Georgian, English and Abkhazian. The event will also include an exhibition of photo banners depicting war scenes from Abkhazia and Samachablo.
Georgian officials, foreign experts, historians and scholars will be in attendance. The goal of the Without Walls event is to overcome the “wall” between Georgians and Abkhazians.
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The Archival Bulletin № 12 examines the dissident movement of the 1970s. The documentary film Dissidents is
included with the issue.The following is discussed in the 64-volume case of Zviad Gamsakhurdia and Merab Kostava:
the history of the dissident movement, attitudes of officials towards dissidents, methods of publishing and disseminating
banned literature, problems of monument protection, and the situation in the Patriarchate. Documents affixed to the
case include questionnaire protocols, Zviad Gamsakhurdia’s letters from prison and stenographic reports of the
Writers’ Union, as well as material about the history of the Meskhetians, attempts to russify university education, and
more. The case of Zviad Gamsakhurdia and Merab Kostava was classified “Top Secret” for years. For the first time,
people have the opportunity to study concrete issues from this case.
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The Archival Bulletin fall no. 13 is a special issue which is dedicated to compulsory Sovietization of Georgia. The
publication provides the following articles concerning hard reality of Georgia in the 1920s: Soviet Power was
Established by Stamping its Foot, The Red History of the Sovietization of Abkhazia, One more time about Russian
Occupation and the 11th Army, Why have you written it in Georgia, and not in Russian?, I am Akaki Mikeladze and
The journal is produced based on the archival materials held in MIA Archive. It is published with the newspaper Prime
Time. The presentation of the Archival Bulletin no. 13 was held within the framework of the exhibition Stolen History
at the exhibition center of the national museum of Georgia, on June 8, 2012. The event was closed with a documentary
film Slow-Acting Bombs.
The 1930s are linked with repressions, the destruction of the best part of the Georgian intelligentsia, the falsification of
criminal cases, denunciations, torture, executions, and exile.
We decided to present archival documents concerning the reality of life in the 1930s because people must know how
innocent prisoners were made to “confess” how they were treated if they refused to “confess” how children were
beaten and tortured in their parents’ presence; how wives were insulted in their husbands’ presence; how people were
destroyed physically and morally, and what methods of torture the NKVD officers applied.
It was very difficult and troubling to work on this topic. We realize that the materials concerning the reality of life in
the 1930s will be hard for the readers to take. However, this is our history and a part of our past. For this reason,
people must know the truth in order not to experience nostalgia for the past and to avoid repeating the same mistakes
that we made in the past.
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The Archival Bulletin Fall edition no. 17 is dedicated to the question related to World War II, and particularly
the Georgian National Legions and those Georgian émigrés who fought on the other side of the conflict during
World War II and thus, tried to restore the independence of Georgia.
The philosopher Tite Margvelashvili was one of those patriots who in 1921 emigrated and continued to
fight against Soviet power. He sacrificed his life to this, and was sentenced to execution by the Soviet
authorities. According to Datashka Kavsadze’s file, Kavsadze formed an ensemble of Georgian prisoners-of-
war to save their lives. This new edition provides the reader with the articles such as a diary of a captivated
soldier, a long letter by Spiridon Chavchavadze, articles about Georgian Junkers and legionnaires, the story of
an émigré husband and wife who were not afraid of the wrath of the Soviet government and returned to their
homeland only to be sent into exile, and the story of General Shalva Maghlakelidze, a commander in the
Wehrmacht’s Georgian Legion and who had a special meeting with Hitler to gain permission for Georgians to
swear oaths accompanied by the Georgian anthem and their national flag.
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The Archival Bulletin, Fall Edition №18 has been produced by the MIA Archive in cooperation with Georgian
State Museum of Theatre, Music, Cinema and Choreography. This edition offers criminal case files of those
artistic figures which are preserved in the Archive of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
We believe that the reader will be interested in what happened to Petre Otskheli, Henryk Hryniewski and
Roman Suta, in why Memed Abashidze, Khatuna Chichinadze, and Evgeni Mikeladze were executed, in
Akaki Vasadze’s recollections of J. V. Stalin, about less well-known Georgian writers who were victims of
repression, about who killed the opera director, about Chabua Amirejibi’s connection with bread coupons,
about who became a political prisoner because of the film “Nino”, about why Kote Mikaberidze was arrested,
about the story of Nugzar Sharia who escaped from the Soviet Union, and about why Otar Ioseliani’s films
were not approved.