346. In the USSR, members of the "fifth column" and eliminates searched, of course, continuously since the civil war. Capital punishment for state crimes in the USSR had two categories: the first - the shooting, the second - the expulsion abroad. For a long time, until the beginning of the 30s, "fifth column" wanted to send abroad.  But then to power in Germany came to an outspoken enemy of the Soviet Union, Hitler, and the expulsion of the "fifth column" of the border began to take form of mobilization for Hitler's foreign legions. Members of the "fifth column" started to plant, and when in 1936-1937 gg. the tip of the "fifth column" attempted a coup for subsequent dismemberment of the USSR, the top of the destroyed and held that the American Ambassador Davies called the "cleaning" of the country. The Soviet government could not but understand that with so many "generals fifth column", convicted in open processes in Moscow, the country must have been tens of thousands of officers and soldiers of the army of traitors.