stalin's purge trials

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Stalin's purge trials definition


A group of trials of Soviet officials in the 1930s initiated by the premier, Joseph Stalin. Large numbers of these officials were imprisoned or executed for alleged disloyalty to Stalin. (See Stalinism.)

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