Babel in the Hands of the NKVD

(from the site of the Memorial Society)

From left to right:

1.  Babel's NKVD mug shot after his arrest on May 16, 1939

2. Beria's letter (January 16, 1939) to the Politburo accompanying the list of people to be convicted and sentenced to execution (346 individuals) or 15 years or more of labor camp.

3. Text of the Politburo decision approving Beria's request without any changes.

4. The page of the "execution list" with Babel's name on it and the red-pencilled verdict in Stalin's hand: "I am for -- I. Stalin."