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Soviet Union, Communists “Year of Atrocities”
from 17 June 1940 to 22 June 1941
 
Soviet Communist regime was not so active in making photographic and cinematographic documents of its crimes itself as the National Socialist Regime was, besides, being the victor in its part of the world, it had unlimited time and opportunities for hiding all their traces. Probably a lot of other dramatic documents are kept secure today in the archives of Russia. As we know, availability of Russian archives, after short improving during Yeltsin's presidency, is again diminishing and the old Soviet "tradition of denial and secrecy is returning". Therefore even more cynical seem the Russian accusations of East European countries of attempts to “rewrite history”, the propaganda term for attempts to find out the truth buried behind the wall of disinformation and silence built by the Communist regime over half of the century. 
 
       
                                                           Railway Transports Carriages used for the Mass Deportation of Latvian people in the night between the 13th and 14th of June 1941
 
The Soviet occupation culminated on 14 June 1941 when a mass deportation of civilians from Latvia to distant areas of the Soviet Union took place. A total of "15,424 persons, according to latest figures, were arrested and sent away in boxcars unsuited for human transportation". Among those deported were "minor children and babies, most of them died on the way or from cold or malnutrition in their settlement areas in Siberia". Many civilians were "brutally murdered in Riga and many other places after the beginning of the war between Germany and Soviet Union", on the 22nd of June 1941, as the Red Army retreated in disarray.
 
The following photographs are from this period of time and defiantly show the “Atrocities” that were committed by the Soviet Union NKVD and its communist’s sympathizers and collaborator groups against the Latvian people. [Appendix XVI – Soviet Union CheKa]
 
Photos of arrested Latvian People in the register of CheKa 
 
        
 
        
 
      
Handwritten instruction by Soviet Commissar of NKVD
Simon Shustin, dated 26 June 1941, on a list of arrestees:
“Because of their social dangerousness shoot them all”
 
Additional Scenes of Soviet Union “NKVD” The Communists “Year of Atrocities” from 17 June 1940 to 22 June 1941 
 
      
 
      
 
      
 
       
                  July 1941, Baltezers Village after the fall of Soviet Regime a mass grave of Cheka victims is being uncovered in a garden of some Baltezers Cottage
 
      
People murdered by retreating Soviet Communists in area of the Krustpils City Airfield
 
      
              Exhumation of Soviet Communists victims at the Krusta Church in Riga 
 
      
                                                       People murdered by Communists in Dreilini Area, Riga
 
      
                                 Identification of Soviet Communists victims in Bikernieki Area, Riga
 
      
Latvian soldiers treacherously murdered by
Soviet Communists on 29 June 1941 in Balvi Parish
left to right: Vilis Lapins, unidentified, Peteris Krauja
 
      
     Latvian soldiers treacherously murdered by Communists, found in vicinity of Litene Army Camp:
     E. Vilkajs, J. Pinka, V. Leja, V. Tumasevics, A. Tumasevics 
 
        
 
       
 
       
                                                                 Mass grave located in the courtyard of Riga Central Prison of people murdered on 28 June 1941 by the Soviet Communists
 
      
     After expelling of Soviets from Latvia the corpses are exhumed and people are coming
     to look for their missing friends and relatives taken by Soviet Communists. 
 
       
                                                             Exhumed corpse of schoolboy Gedemins Franckevics
 
Along with the body there was found a copy of a ruling of the Military Tribunal where, basing on Criminal Code of Soviet Russia, he was sentenced to execution and confiscation of his property, being found guilty of “counter-revolutionary activity”. 
 
        
                                                            Colonel Streipa, former head of Organization and Mobilization Department of Latvian Army Headquarters. 
 
        
                                                                                              Tailor Voldemars Janelis. 
 
      
                                Arnolds Cuibe Director of school department 
 
      
                     Railway Aizsargi, Regiment Commander Janis Ozolins. 
 
      
                                      Mihails Afanasjevs 
 
      
                                        Andrejs Krumins 
 
      
                                                   Peteris Dobe 
 
      
                                          Stanislavs Belkovskis 
 
       
           Karlis Purnins,                               “Nr. 6“,                                                    Arvids Zemitis 
 
       
                    Janis Steps,                                     Alberts Broders,                            Nikolajs Zokorko 
 
       
         Unidentified victim,                       Nikolajs Davis,                      Janis Opincans 
 
       
                                                           Basement at the Liepāja City Militia: three members of a family shot dead and another murder victim. 
 
      
                                   In the premises of the Liepāja Militia Basement, a hand grenade had been thrown in first and the survivors were then shot dead afterwards. 
 
      
                                               Victims of the Soviet Communists in Daugavpils City 
 
      
                                                                      Victims of the Soviet Communists in Valmiera City 
 
      
     Civilians murdered in the City of Jelgava were tortured before being
     murdered 
 
      
                        Murdered workers in Jelgava Latvia