To the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR On March 13 [of this year] the Military

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To the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR On March 13 [of this year] the Military Tribunal of the Supreme Court condemned me to death by shooting. I ask for clemency. My guilt before the party and the country is great, but I have a passionate desire and, I think, enough strength to expiate it. I ask you to believe that I am not a completely corrupt person. In my life there were many years of noble, honest work for the revolution. I can still prove that even after having committed so many crimes, it is possible to become an honest person and to die with honor. I ask that you spare my life. March 13, 1938 [signed] A.I. Rykov [stamp] True copy

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