A fascinating and quite disturbing post by the Cotton Boll Conspiracy on the infamous “Soviet Butcher” Vasili Blokhin. chief executioner of the Russian dictator Joseph Stalin, and his role in the Katyn Massacre of 1940. In April and May of that year the Soviet Union executed over 21,000 captured or detained nationals of Poland, the vast majority of them members of the Polish army, police and intelligentsia.
“It’s likely that all of us, at some point in our lives, aspire to be the best at something. When one is young, it sometimes doesn’t matter what that “something” is; the goal is simply to be No. 1.
Vasili Blokhin achieved such prominence, even if many don’t recognize his name.
He was Joseph Stalin’s executioner for decades and personally killed tens of thousands of individuals between the 1920s and early 1950s. Today, he is recognized as the most prolific official executioner in recorded world history.
Perhaps most infamously, he single-handedly killed approximately 7,000 Polish prisoners of war during a one-month period in 1940.
The Poles had been captured in the early days of World War II. Shortly after Germany attacked Poland from the west, the Soviets did the same on the east.
After taking hundreds of thousands of Polish prisoners captive, the Soviets culled out officers and intelligentsia such as university professors, lawyers and priests.
In a bid to deprive the Polish state of a good bit of its leadership – present and future – Stalin had nearly 22,000 killed in what became known as the Katyn Massacre, so-called for the forest where many of the bodies were later discovered.
Blokhin’s work was done over a period of 28 consecutive nights, as he personally executed 300 men each evening.
A description of the scene sounds like a modernized version of Dante’s Inferno.
Polish prisoners were led into a small chamber one at a time. The chamber was painted red and specially designed with padded walls to block sound, along with a sloping concrete floor with a hose and drain.
Blokhin, fittingly, wore a leather butcher’s apron, cap, and shoulder-length gloves to protect his uniform.
He shot each prisoner in the base of the skull with a German Walther Model 2 .25 ACP pistol. The choice of a German-model weapon would give the Soviets a means to place the blame on the Nazis should the bodies be found.
There was no hearing, no reading of a sentence and no other legal formalities before each execution.
Blokhin’s men then removed the body, hosed away the blood and loaded the corpse on a flatbed truck through a back door, to be buried in a mass grave.
Blokhin liked to work continuously and rapidly without interruption, executing a prisoner, on average, every three minutes.
The executions started at dark and continuing until dawn, with Blokhin working without pause for 10 hours each night.
For his efforts, Blokhin was secretly awarded the Order of the Red Banner from Stalin on April 27, 1940.”
Read the full story here.