Staunton, March 16 – “By 1928, Russian workers and peasants knew they had lived better under the tsars,” and they were prepared to say this publicly, historian Vladimir Lavrov says. What is especially important is that their comments were passed onto Stalin unedited because in the 1920s, he wanted to know the truth.
Lavrov, who works at the Institute of Russian History, includes this information in his new book, The Peasant Was Confused. How Lenin and Spiridonova Involved the Peasants in the October Revolution (in Russian, Moscow, 2019) which draws on his work as the compiler of the 1928 volume on Lubyanka to Stalin, a collection of what the NKVD was telling him.
In an interview about his research, Lavrov says that it is heavily based on the NKVD files of the investigation into Left SR leader Mariya Spiridonova, files he is the first historian to see (stoletie.ru/territoriya_istorii/vladimir_lavrov_k_1928_godu_rabochije_i_krestjane_ponali_chto_luchshe_vsego_zhilos_pri_care_313.htm