Cheka
Cheka (ЧК – чрезвыча́йная коми́ссия chrezvychaynaya komissiya, Emergency Committee, [tɕɪˈka]) was the first of a succession of Soviet state security organizations. It was created on December 20, 1917,...
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Lavrentiy Beria
Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria speaks about Stalin's merits before the Native land.
Felix Dzerzhinsky
Comrade Felix Dzerzhinsky September 11, 1877 - July 20, 1926.
Stalin's Secret Police: Cheka
When the Soviet Union fell in 1991, Russians gained unprecedented access to the KGB archives. This documentary series, produced in 1991-92 by Russian filmmakers, contained film and photos that had nev...
Red Terror
Red Terror was a campaign of mass killings, torture, and systematic oppression conducted by the Bolsheviks after they seized power in Petrograd and Moscow in 1917. Soviet historiography describes the ...
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Felix Dzerzhinsky
Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky (Russian: Фе́ликс Эдму́ндович Дзержи́нский; Polish: Feliks Dzierżyński [ˈfɛliks dʑerˈʐɨɲsci]; 11 September [O.S. 30 August] 1877 – 2...
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Martin Latsis
Martin Ivanovich Latsis (Russian: Мартын Иванович Лацис Latvian: Mārtiņš Lācis, born Jānis Sudrabs) (December 14, 1888 – February 11, 1938) was a Soviet politician, revolutionary and state sec...
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Nikolay Gumilev
Nikolay Stepanovich Gumilyov (Russian: Никола́й Степа́нович Гумилёв; [nʲɪkɐˈlaj sʲtʲɪˈpanəvʲɪtɕ ɡʊmʲɪˈlʲɵf]; April 15 NS 1886 – August 25, 1921) was an influential Russian poet, literary critic, ...
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Vasiliy Ulrikh
Vasiliy Vasilievich Ulrikh (Russian: Василий Васильевич Ульрих, July 13, 1889 – May 7, 1951) was a senior judge of the Soviet Union during most of the regime of Joseph Stalin. In this capac...
Semyon Aralov
Semyon Ivanovich Aralov (Russian: Семён Иванович Аралов, 18 December 1880 – 22 May 1969) was the first head of the Soviet Red Army Intelligence Directorate and subsequently had a career in the Sov...
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Varlam Avanesov
Varlam Aleksandrovich Avanesov (Russian: Варлаам Александрович Аванесов; born Suren Karpovich Martirosyan, Russian: Сурен Карпович Мартиросян; 1884-March 16, 1930) was an Armenian Bolshevik and So...
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Yakov Davydov
Yakov Khristoforovich Davydov (born Davtyan, Russian: Яков Христофорович Давыдов (Давтян); 10 October 1888 – 28 July 1938) was, as head of the Cheka's Foreign Department from 1921 to 1922, the fir...
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Józef Unszlicht
Józef Unszlicht or Iosif Unshlikht (Russian: Ио́сиф Станисла́вович У́ншлихт; nicknames "Jurowski", "Leon") (December 31 [O.S. 19 December] 1879 in Mława, Płock Governorate - Jul...
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Georgi Atarbekov
Georgiy Aleksandrovich Atarbekov (Russian: Георгий Александрович Атарбеков), born Atarbekyan (December 2, 1892 – March 22, 1925) was an Armenian Bolshevik and Soviet security police official. Born...
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Nicholas Timasheff
Nicholas Sergeyevitch Timasheff (Russian: Никола́й Серге́евич Тима́шев) (November 9, 1886–March 9, 1970) was a Russian sociologist, professor of jurisprudence and writer.Timasheff "came from...
Yevgeny Tuchkov
Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Tuchkov (in Russian Евгений Александрович Тучков) (1892–1957) was the head of the anti-religious arm of the Soviet OGPU.Tuchkov was born in 1892 in the village of Teliakovo near...
Nikolai Bulganin
Nikolai Alexandrovich Bulganin (Russian: Никола́й Алекса́ндрович Булга́нин [nʲɪkɐˈlaj ɐlʲɪˈksandrəvʲɪtɕ bʊlˈɡanʲɪn]; 11 June [O.S. 30 May] 1895 – 24 February 1975) was a prominen...
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Terenty Deribas
Terenty Dmitrievich Deribas (Russian: Терентий Дмитриевич Дерибас; 28 March 1883 – 28 July 1938) was one of the top NKVD officials.Deribas was born in the village of Uspenskoe, Kherson Gover...
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Genrikh Lyushkov
Genrikh Samoilovich Lyushkov (Russian: Генрих Самойлович Люшков; 1900 – disappeared August 1945) was an officer in the Soviet secret police and its highest-ranking defector. His subsequent d...
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Lavrentiy Beria
Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria (Georgian: ლავრენტი პავლეს ძე ბერია, Lavrenti Pavles dze Beria; Russian: Лавре́нтий Па́влович Бе́рия; 29 March 1899 – 23 December 1953) was a Soviet politician, Mars...
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Vasily Zarubin
Vasily Mikhailovich Zarubin Василий Михайлович Зарубин (1894–1972) was a Soviet intelligence officer. In the United States, he used the cover name Vasily Zubilin and served as Soviet intelligen...
Georges Agabekov
Georges Agabekov (original family name Arutyunov; Russian: Георгий Серге́евич Агабеков, transliteration Grigoriĭ Sergeevich Agabekov) (1896–1937) was a Soviet Red Army soldier, Chekist, OGPU agent...
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Stanislav Redens
Stanislav Frantsevich Redens (Russian: Станислав Францевич Реденс, Polish: Stanisław Redens; May 17, 1892 – January 21, 1940) was a Soviet secret police official, one of those responsible for...
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Mikhail Trilisser
Mikhail Abramovich Trilisser (Russian: Ме́ер Абра́мович Трили́ссер; Jewish, born Meier Abramovich Trilisser) (1 April 1883, Astrakhan - 2 February 1940), also known by the pseudonym Moskvin (Russi...
Yakov Peters
Yakov Khristoforovich Peters (Latvian: Jēkabs Peterss, Russian: Я́ков Христофо́рович Пе́терс, English: Jacob Peters, Jan Peters) (3 December [O.S. 21 November] 1886 ̵...
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Yakov Yurovsky
Yakov Mikhailovich Yurovsky (Russian: Я́ков Миха́йлович Юро́вский; 19 June [O.S. 7 June] 1878–2 August 1938) was an Old Bolshevik best known as the chief executioner of Emp...
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Ivan Ksenofontov
Ivan Ksenofontovich Ksenofontov (August 29, 1884 – March 23, 1926) was a Bolshevik revolutionary and one of the founding fathers and leaders of the Soviet secret police and state security agency (Che...
Yakov Blumkin
Yakov Grigoryevich Blumkin (Russian: Яков Григорьевич Блюмкин, Ukrainian: Яків Григорович Блюмкін; 1898 – 3 November 1929) was a Left Socialist-Revolutionary, assassin, Bolshevik and an a...
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