Soviet terror after the commencement of the war

Soviet terror after the commencement of the war
With the retreat of the Soviet army, 3,772 political prisoners were deported from Latvia to the Soviet Union on 23 and 24 June 1941. Many of them were later sentenced to death. At the very start of the war the Soviet security apparatus arrested many more innocent people, accusing them of „spying and signalling to the enemy forces”, „fascist propaganda”, „ridiculing the Soviet system”, and other invented crimes, as well as of past actions during the Russian Revolution, or of “inappropriate” social status prior to the Soviet occupation.