This chapter examines how the Soviet Union dictator's “productivity problem” was resolved by the so-called “simplified” methods, particularly the use of troikas and the substitution of confession for proof. It explains that both Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin changed the procedures in the repression cycle of investigation, arrest, trial, conviction, and punishment when they needed substantially more repressions and that they resorted to simplified judicial procedures during repression upturns. The chapter also discusses the principle of simplified procedures, which focused on obtaining confessions rather than gathering material evidence.
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