chapter  6
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Ethnic Cleansing

Ethnic cleansing is a euphemism that entered the English lexicon during the Balkan Wars of the 1990s to describe the repression, imprisonment, expulsion and killing of ethnic minorities. It has no formal legal meaning, but the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia have ruled that the forcible deportation of ethnic minorities is a crime against humanity.1 Excess deaths and killings among resettlers, as well as other ethnic terror-starvation, terror-execution and Gulag homicides are included in the Red Holocaust death roll compiled in Chapter 2 (Table 2.1). Attention here is focused on illustrating how ethnic cleansing served the purposes of Stalin’s siege-mobilized terrorcommand.