Vadim Birstein

Dr. Vadim J. Birstein is a historian and geneticist. He is the author of over 300 scientific papers and books and has written two scholarly historical works, "The Perversion of Knowledge: The True Story of Soviet Science" and "SMERSH, Stalin's Secret Weapon: Soviet Military Counterintelligence in WWII". He received the inaugural "St. Ermin's Intelligence Book Award" in 2012 for SMERSH.

Author Archives: Vadim Birstein

Dance floor in Auschwitz

In 2019, the businessman Vladimir Davidi is planning to open an high-end store in the center of Moscow, in a building with a horrifying history, the so-called Execution House. From 1933 to 1949, this building was occupied by the Military Collegium of the USSR Supreme Court that between 1936 to 1938 sentenced 31,456 victims to death, many which… Read More »

Hell in Yaroslavl Correction Colony

On July 20, 2018 the newspaper Novaya Gazeta published a video which created a sensation in the Russian blogosphere. The video was obtained by Irina Biryukova, the lawyer of convict Yevgeny Makarov, who was kept in the Correction Colony (labor camp) IK-1 of the city of Yaroslavl, located 250 kilometers (160 mi) northeast of Moscow, and provided to Novaya… Read More »

Erasing Memory: the Sandarmokh Execution Site

On August 21, 2018 Maksim Zavadsky of the Petrozavodsk City Department of the Russian Investigation Committee, completed the investigation of the second fabricated case against Yuri Dmitriev, head of the Karelian branch of the Memorial Society. Dmitriev, who discovered, with his colleagues, the mass graves of victims of Stalin’s repressions at the site called Sandarmokh in Karelia in… Read More »

Putin, Heaven and Russian Journalists

On October 18, 2018, while speaking at a meeting of the pro-Kremlin Valdai Club in the city of Sochi, Russian President Putin made a statement about the use of nuclear weapons against Russia: The aggressor should know that retribution is inevitable, anyway it will be destroyed. We, as a victim of aggression, we will go to Heaven as… Read More »

Court Punishment for “Falsifying History”

On May 10, 2018, lawyers of the “Agora” international human rights group published a report in Russian compiled by Damir Gainutdinov and Pavel Chikov and entitled “Russia Against History. Punishment for Revision.” It discusses prosecutions against people in Russia accused of “falsifying history.” The study reviews 100 cases over the past 10 years that either directly or indirectly related to… Read More »

3 Years for Attending a Protest

In April 2018, the Chelyabinsk Regional Court passed a verdict against prisoners accused of organizing and participating in the 2012 protest against torture and inhuman treatment by the FSIN (Federal Penitentiary Service) officers, which was held in the correctional colony no. 6 (IK-6) in the town of Kopeisk.  On the roof of the barracks prisoners put placards “People,… Read More »

Terrifying Death of St. Petersburg Entrepreneur

On February 5, 2018, Valery Pshenichny, an entrepreneur who the Russian press calls the “Russian Elon Musk”, was found hanged in St. Petersburg’s pretrial detention facility SIZO-4. The official explanation was that he had committed suicide. But the autopsy showed that Pshenichny died of physical injuries. Forensic doctors found out that before his death Pshenichny was raped. Experts… Read More »