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Pavlik Morozov

Stalinist cult figure

Pavlik Morozov, USSR Stalinist cult figure.


Morozov, Pavlik was born on November 14, 1918 in the village of Gerasimovka, Sverdlovsk Oblast’.


Member of the Pioneers organization. During the collectivization campaign, denounced his father who had tried to help other peasants avoid the grain requisition by the authorities, thus sending him to the Gulag. Allegedly his grandfather took him to a wood and killed him with an axe.

Became an official cult figure but widely considered among the population as a symbol of treachery. His cult was recently criticized in the Soviet press, which also expressed grave doubts about the official version of his death.