The presentation of the first three volumes of the scientific series of documents Top Secret: Lubyanka to Stalin on the Situation in the Country (1922-1934) will be held at a meeting of the presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAN). As RIA Novosti was told on the day before at the Public Relations Centre (TsOS) of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia, the book was prepared by the specialists of the Registration and Archive Funds Administration (URAF) of the FSB of Russia, as well as by scientists of the USA and Canada. The book contains political and economic information in the form of surveys and summaries which was prepared by the VChK-OGPU analysts for the top leaders of the country. The available documents disclose the whole spectrum of the life of the USSR in the 1920s and 1930s. Underlying them is the operational and other information which was closed at that time on the true situation in the country, the FSB TsOS officials noted. The chekists "presented" all the phenomena and events of that time to the leaders of the country in the form of unvarnished summarisations. The materials of the security bodies reflect the NEP (new economic policy) epoch and the tragic pages of the history of the industrialisation and collectivisation. The documents are printed without any cuts, among them sections including information about the situation of workers, peasantry and the intelligentsia, the nationalities problems, strikes, public actions, and manifestations of terror and gangsterism.
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