The Secret Police


The Secret Police 

Secret Police under Lenin 

  • January 1918 Cheka closed down constituent assembly 
  • During civil war froze white army members to death and crucified preists, red terror
  • 1922 trial of Socialist Revolutionary Leaders, all defendants scentenced to death 
  • Mainly surveillance under NEP, GPU surveyed students and intellectuals 
  • Reported to central commitee about gambling and drunkenness 

Secret Police under Stalin 

  • Yagoda leader of NKVD from 1934, arrested and interrogated Kamenev and ZInoviev 
  • Nikolai Yezhov took over in 1936 after Yagoda. purged NKvd


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