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ANDREI VYSHINSKY QUOTES THE LEGAL PHILOSOPHY OF TERROR IN STALIN’S RUSSIA Although Andrei Yanuaryevich Vyshinsky is best known as Joseph Stalin’s chief prosecutor during the trials of “state enemies” in the 1930s, Vyshinsky was also something of a theorist of the relationship between law, Marxism-Leninism, and the Socialist state. The quotations below are drawn from three of Vyshinsky’s publications. They illustrate the basic direction of Vyshinsky’s thought and political philosophy throughout his life as a leading member of the Soviet state apparatus. What is here is a scientific justification for the use of terror by the state.

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