Ethnic Aspects of the State Repressive Policy in Soviet Karelia of the 1920–1930s

  • Irina Takala Institute of History, Political and Social Sciences, Petrozavodsk State University
Keywords: Karelia, the Bolsheviks, national politics, Finnish factor, mass repressions, ethnization of terror


The paper examines the ethnic (national) aspects of the Karelian state’s repressive policy in the border region. The author concludes that State violence, constantly growing in the interwar period, should be regarded as a product of the changing ideas of the country's leadership about the world around and the place of Soviet society in it.