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Lefortovo Prison

Type   15 Prison Camp
Historical Name of Location   Moscow, Moscow, Russia
Coordinates   55.562525000, 37.464752000


ww2dbaseThe Lefortovo Prison in Moscow, Russia began operations in 1881. During the Soviet era, it was run by the People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs (Narodnyy Komissariat Vnutrennikh Del), or NKVD for short. Many political prisoners were tortured at Lefortovo, especially during the Great Purge of the late 1930s. NKVD's successor organization, Committee for State Security (Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti), or KGB for short, continued to operate this facility to extract confessions by torture for decades to come. It remains an active prison at the time of this writing, operated by by Ministry of Justice of Russia.

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Last Major Update: Apr 2015

Lefortovo Prison Timeline

22 Jul 1941 In captivity at the Lefortovo Prison in Moscow, Russia, General Dimitry Pavlov explained that out of the 600 artillery fortifications on the western border, only 169 of them actually had guns inside, and other similar facts explained why he could not counterattack the German forces as Joseph Stalin had ordered. Regardless, he was found guilty and was executed before the end of the day. His rank was stripped and his properties were confiscated by the state.
13 Nov 1946 German prisoners of war Georg Jantschi and Karl Kosch were transferred from the special Prisoner of War Camp No. 27 in the suburbs of Moscow, Russia to the Lefortovo Prison in Moscow.
5 May 1948 German prisoner of war Georg Jantschi made a unsuccessful suicide attempt while in Soviet captivity at the Lefortovo Prison in Moscow, Russia.

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