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სტალინიზმი [stalinizmi] Stalinism
On 22 July 1937 the poet Paolo Iashvili entered the building of the Soviet Writers’ Palace.
A writers’ session was being held at the time: enemies or friends of Paolo Iashvili were discussing, against their will or willingly, whether he was an enemy of the people. At the time it was only a step from such meetings to imprisonment or being tortured to death. Paolo Iashvili had a hunting rifle on him. He went to the second floor and killed himself.
The chairman of the meeting announced that Paolo Iashvili had committed a provocation by killing himself. This was considered a major loss, because the victim had escaped their clutches. Iashvili’s death, as a disgraceful escape, was called an evasion of justice. They said he’d made things too easy for himself.
For more than thirty years after the 1920s Georgia found itself under permanent repressions, under a regime of execution by bullets and of torture. The machine which had crushed anti-Soviet rebellions, which had levelled society and then purged the country of enemies of the people took as much life out of Georgia as it added. As well as taking these lives, it took the best minds, the best honour and the best noble people, it took away conscience, everything the country had accumulated.
Until then Georgia had been one thing; now it was quite different. You could hear the buzz of other people, wrote a poet, when all this seemed to be over.
Iashvili committed suicide and deprived them of the pleasure of condemning him.