So why airbrush photo's? Why remove important historical figures from feature films or history books? Why empty files of national leaders in the headquarters of an organizations that never released anything anyway? You are pretending there was a rule to their doing anything, when there clearly wasn't, other than maintaining a good impression. If Soviet Bureaucrats were beyond falsifying records, then the Soviet Unions economy would never have collapsed.
There is a long standing history of the Soviet state suppressing historical evidence. Try and look for a document where Lenin gives the order to shoot the Royal Family. We KNOW it happened, so either they went out their way to not leave a paper trail, or someone thoughtfully expunged it. Either works.
Why do I think it might have been kept? If i was a betting man, I think it was Stalin keeping it so he had something he could put the finger on Molotov or others if he needed to. I dont believe for a second it had anything to do with the thoroughness of Soviet Bureaucrats, other than latterly not touching something that was out of sight and out of mind. Im delighted they did, but for me it proves nothing either way of the regime.
Edited by Stuart Galbraith, 30 June 2020 - 0514 AM.