The Ministry of Internal Affairs conducted a check against a resident of Tomsk, Denis Karagodin, who is investigating the murder of his great-grandfather by the NKVD (People's Commissariat of Internal Affaires).
Peasant Stepan Karagodin was arrested on December 1, 1937 by officers of the Tomsk NKVD, convicted by a special meeting as "the organizer of an espionage and sabotage group and a resident of Japanese military intelligence" and sentenced to death. He was later rehabilitated for lack of corpus delicti.
His great-grandson Denis Karagodin decided to establish the names of everyone who is guilty of falsifying the charges against Stepan Karagodin and others arrested in the "Harbin case", and to trace the criminal chain - from the Kremlin initiators of the Great Terror to ordinary performers in Tomsk, up to the drivers of "black police vans" and typists who typed the papers of the NKVD.
According to Karagodin, now he is charged with criminal and administrative articles:
The website of the project "Investigation KARAGODIN" (KARAGODIN.ORG) wants to be recognized as a "operator of personal data" spreading slander about the employees of the NKVD of the USSR.
The police handed over the inspection materials to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation.
This is the second inspection of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, carried out against Denis Karagodin and the KARAGODIN website, in March 2021. The first was organized by the police of the city of Novosibirsk after the application to the authorities of the son of Alexei Mityushov, a former employee of the NKVD of the USSR. In the investigation conducted by Denis Karagodin, it is said that Alexei Mityushov took part in the murder of his great-grandfather: his signature is on the extract from the act of execution of Stepan Karagodin. In a statement, Mityushov's son indicated that the data provided in the investigation of Denis Karagodin “discredit the name of his father”.
A new denunciation of Denis Karagodin has now been written by a certain Mechislav Prokofiyev from the Ryazan region who believes that Karagodin illegally collects and stores personal data of the NKVD employees, violates privacy and slanders the Chekists who shot his grandfather. Prokofiyev demands to initiate criminal cases, the police conducted an inspection and sent the materials to the investigative committee. These are two different checks, each with its own formal applicant.
We remind you that the entire investigation of Karagodin, according to him, is built on official documents from the archives, including those received from the FSB of the Russian Federation.
Journalist Dmitry Kolezev writes about this:
“In fact, the police are obliged to carry out a check on any statement, so there is no need to dramatize the situation ahead of time. I do not know how to interpret the fact that the materials were transferred to the investigative committee - whether this says something about the prospects of the case. But the fact that Karagodin writes about each such fact and publishes the names and photographs of all the employees of the authorities who are engaged in his case is absolutely correct. And in Russia, of course, there are a lot of people who believe that disclosing information about repressions is a harmful, dangerous thing that undermines our historical foundation and everything else. Such people write such slander. And the more media attention to the Karagodin investigation, the more such statements will be (purely statistically). Although it is possible that this Prokofiyev has some kind of kinship with the aforementioned Chekists and, so to speak, defends the honor of the family..."
And the famous blogger Nikolay Podosokorsky believes that the Karagozin case is a direct consequence of another resonant case - the historian Yuri Dmitriyev. It was him whose authorized by the authorities prosecution opened Pandora's box:
"Now, in other regions of our vast Motherland, researchers of local lore are trying to prosecute for "slandering the NKVD officers" (thanks for not being accused of pedophilia and not planting drugs to him)..."
On our own behalf, we add: the Law on Personal Data and the Law on State Secrets in no way prohibit the publication of facts about the actions of the bodies of other characters during the era of Stalinist repressions. And any attempts to "take offense" at the historical truth are nothing more than cynical manipulations by the relatives of the executioners.