Nikolai Yezhov - In the original version of this photo (top), Yezhov is clearly visible on the right of the photograph. The later version (bottom) was altered by censors, removing all trace of his presence. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
1984 Real examples of government phot-retouching. Nikolai Yezhov, the young man strolling with Joseph Stalin to his right, was shot in He was edited out from a photo by Soviet censors. Such retouching was a common occurrence during Stalin's reign.
Soviet dictator Josef Stalin (center) and Soviet secret police head Nikolai Yezhov (right) walk near Moscow in 1937, the same year Yezhov signed Order No. 00447, which began the Great Terror.