Genrikh Grigoryevich YAGODA (1891 - 1938)
|The episode in which characters spray the walls of an office with poison
is based on actual accusations that came to light in March 1938 in the trial
of the so-called "right-Trotskyite block," including, among others,
Bukharin, Rykov, Krestinskii, and Yagoda.
G. G. Yagoda
Yagoda had been removed as head of the NKVD in 1936 and supposedly fearing
implication in the murder of Kirov (in 1934) he had his secretary Bulanov
spray the walls of his successor Yezhov's office with poison. Yagoda and
Bulanov were sentenced to be shot. Bulgakov understood all the farce of
the fabricated charges, and Yagoda and Bulanov join the ranks of the imaginary
poisoners at the ball. Of course Yagoda's name could not be mentioned in
print after his removal (neither could Yezhov's a few months later). See
the History of the
KGB, the N.
I. Yezhov Home Page, and the Home
Office of Genrikh Grigoryevich YAGODA.