On the basis of archival materials, some of which are introduced

into scientific circulation for the first time, analyzed the perception

of collectivization, grain procurement in the Middle Volga region.

We used documents of party and government bodies, the

plenipotentiary of the OGPU and its subordinate departments,

letters, appeals, complaints from citizens, preserved in the archives.

Firstly, the attitude towards the «great turn» was ambiguous; along

with supporters and agents of the party-state policy had a lot of sit

on the fence and opponents. Secondly, and among those who

were intended to carry out collectivization, grain reserves, to fight

with kulaks, turned out to doubt the correctness of the policy.

Thirdly, in terms of illiteracy, lack of official information,

a significant role in the socio-political life of the village played

a rumor. Fourth, the quality of the information provided was

sufficient, and the confidence level associated with the desire of

the Party and government bodies to receive accurate information

in order to respond adequately to the situation.

About the authors

V. N. Paramonov

Samara National Research University

Author for correspondence.
Email: morenovsv@ssau.ru
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1825-0097


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