El protagonista y autor se llamaba Sergei Kourdakov. La muerte de su esposo la mato a ella de tristeza. Un tipo blando y justo. Sorokin y Pavel Kiryakov: eran apreciados pero nunca llegaron a ser parte del grupo de los iniciados. Nicolai Saushkin: Era algo mayor que Sergei, y nunca se integro verdaderamente al grupo, le gustaba estar apartado, y estaba cerca de abandonar el orfanato. Comandante Yelisayev: Comandante de la Academia naval que le ofrece a Sergei el puesto de jefe de la Liga de las juventudes comunistas dentro de la Academia.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Persecutor. Jan 07, Jeff Shelnutt rated it liked it Shelves: autobiography , church-history.
The story of Sergei Kourdakov, as told by himself, was as compelling as it was bleak. Coming of age in 's Soviet Russia, Sergei, along with other children whose parents had been taken from them by the authorities, grew up in the atrocious environment of the communist children's home. He learned to pray to Lenin and worship the state. Anytime I read a biography of this sort describing the life of someone who experienced all the horrors of a tyrannical, socialist system, I have to constantly re The story of Sergei Kourdakov, as told by himself, was as compelling as it was bleak.
Anytime I read a biography of this sort describing the life of someone who experienced all the horrors of a tyrannical, socialist system, I have to constantly remind myself how relatively near to the present time these events occurred. You wonder how a bright young man could be duped by the promises of communism when society around him was falling apart.
Sergei bought into the lie that was sold to him: the masses are necessarily suffering now because they are in the process of building a utopic future. But as in the case of most who become disenfranchised with reality, he gradually realized only the ruthless and manipulative rise to the top.
Only they receive the benefits of the "system. He was told that he and his men would go after the worst of the worst. Run-of-the-mill murderers and thieves were nothing. They were no threat to the state. But these people, these religioznik , threatened to topple the entire system. They had to be stopped. But it had to be done quietly. The more secret meetings of these enemies-of-the-state that Sergie raided, the more he questioned what he was doing.
He usually only caught these believers praying, singing or reading the Bible. He'd beat and intimidate them, then haul their leaders down to the station. He confiscated literature, much of which was hand-written scripture verses on notebook paper. But he could not quell the growing doubts that these quiet, unassuming folks really posed a legitimate threat to the power-structure. But of course, they did. A political system that operates in the darkness, one built on lies and deceit, cannot abide a group of people who insist upon the truth.
All the authorities had at their disposal were threats and brute force. But the religioznik had faith in the living God and they insisted upon dragging all that was sordid and depraved about human nature out into the light. This was intolerable. The faith and lives of these believers testified boldly against the evils of the communist system.
Sergei began to notice. Because of course if he didn't, there wouldn't be much of a resolution to the story. View 1 comment. Apr 15, Krista rated it it was amazing Shelves: christian.
This was It's a very good book, but quite different than the other books I have read about this period. Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago is told from the perspective of a prisoner suffering at the hands of communists. Alexievich's Secondhand Time tells the stories of those who long for the meaning that the time of the soviet union gave them.
But this. This tells the story of a young boy raised under Soviet rule, who becomes one of their secret police and persecutes ot This was This tells the story of a young boy raised under Soviet rule, who becomes one of their secret police and persecutes other people. It was brutal. I understand why he became so hard.
Reading the stories of his childhood in the soviet orphanage system wrenched my heart out. Children building their own societies, having systems of weeding out informers, hazing rituals, it sounded like The Lord of the Flies. They would build towers of chairs reaching tens of feet in the air and force children to climb up them then make the tower collapse to test if a newcomer was a snitch or not. It's amazing no one died. His stories of the comrades in charge who hated children and would steal food from them and beat them read like Oliver Twist, only it wasn't a novel.
Absolutely horrible. It's no wonder all of the children from those places ended up either dead, in the criminal underworld, or torturing other people. His own story of how he would go in and break up religious meetings with his fists and his rubber covered steel club were gut wrenching too.
He calmly talked about knocking out people's teeth, breaking the arms, or punching them in the throat. Men, women, old, young, it didn't matter. But the thing that got me was what broke his brainwashing by the communist party, and brainwashing it was. Just listening to what his superior officers said to him made me shake my head and think 'didn't he realize this was just a bunch of fluff with no facts?
Even though they are in hiding and have no money because they don't work like normal communists, they are powerful enough to make Moscow worry about how they are poisoning our youth, they are luring them away from communism by telling them lies and brainwashing them. They never explained how. How did such small groups manage to do all of these terrible things? It's never explained, details are never given, it's a grand narrative that you must just pledge your life to, that you take on faith because it's repeated so many times.
It's frightening because we have our own grand narratives like this: America has systemic racism everywhere. The United States has systemic sexual injustice. The United States government is trying to stamp out white people.
These things are too general and too amorphous to be true. Are there cases of individual racism? Are there cases of sexual injustice? Are there cases of white people not receiving proper representation?
But none of these things are a system. They are cases of individuals practicing evil things and not being called on it. Whenever you are given a one-size-fits-all statement as an explanation. It's wrong. But, I can't really blame him for giving in to this kind of pseudo-intellectualism. When you are not taught to think critically you only have the capacity for over-generalizations and sweeping assumptions.
Mizshura An American journalist of a local paper in some town in Texas took a trip til Russia accompanied by a camera guy and found many of the people mentioned in the book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Feb 22, Nicole Burch rated it really liked it. In the Soviet Union we have many types of criminals.
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