Attacks on opponents of the government, 1917-28


Lenin- The Cheka and the GPU

Lenin on Terror

  • Terror an essential part of Lenin's strategy for staying in power- he saw it as a legitimate part of the revolution.
  • A temporary measure which should be abandoned once the revolution was secure? 

The Cheka and the Red Terror 

  • Embodied Lenin's view on revolutionary violence. 
  • Established in Dec 1917 
  • Targetted the counter-revolutionaries 
  • Head of the Cheka= Felix Dzerzhinsky 1917-26

The Role of the Cheka 

  • Protect communist rule in…


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