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The Bells of the Kremlin
The Bells of the Kremlin
By Arvo Tuominen
University Press of New England, 1983, 333 pp.

Memoirs of a former high official of the Finnish Communist Party and the Comintern. Living in Moscow in the 1930s, Tuominen was close to the seats of power and had a chilling first-hand view of Stalin's purges. Most of his revelations are about fellow Finns, but there are glimpses too of the Soviet scene and of the decimation of the leadership of the other foreign communist parties. This version for English readers was put together from portions of books previously published in Finnish, plus material from taped conversations between the author, who died in 1981, and the editor, Piltti Heiskanen.