Soviet Koreans and Far Eastern NKVD in the 1930s


The period of 1930s in Soviet history is one from the most discussed in the contemporary Russian historiography. Therefore, Russian and foreign specialists conduct a large number of studies on this topic, and process archive data in order to search for new information. Their attitude towards repression is not unambiguous. Despite the large number of publications on this topic, there are still some areas that are unrobed by researchers. One of them is the relationship of NKVD and the Korean diaspora in the Soviet Far East. As is known, NKVD deported Soviet Koreans from the Far East to Central Asia in 1937. However, this question is complicated and accompanied struggles in regional NKVD. The aim of our work is to consider and analyze the relationship of the local NKVD and party organization to the Korean diaspora in the southern part of the Soviet Far East before ethnic deportation.

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This publication was supported by the 2020 Korean Studies Grant Program of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS-2020- R06).

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Kim, A., Surzhik, M. & Mamychev, A. Soviet Koreans and Far Eastern NKVD in the 1930s. East Asia (2020).

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  • Stalin repressions
  • Resistance
  • Local authorities
  • Far East
  • Korean diaspora
  • NKVD