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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Moisei Uritsky
Moisei Solomonovich Uritsky (Russian: Моисей Соломонович Урицкий; (1873-01-14)January 14, 1873–August 17, 1918(1918-08-17)) was a Bolshevik revolutionary leader in Russia.
Uritsky was bo...
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Sergey Spigelglas
Sergey Mikhailovich Spigelglas or Spiegelglass or Shpigelglas (Russian: Серге́й Миха́йлович Шпи́гельглас) (29 April 1897 - 29 January 1941) was acting head of the Soviet foreign intelligence servi...
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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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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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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...
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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Arvīds Pelše
Arvīds Pelše (Russian: А́рвид Я́нович Пе́льше, Arvid Yanovich Pelshe); February 7 [O.S. January 26] 1899 – May 29, 1983) was a Soviet politician, functionary, and historian. He w...
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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...
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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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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Vyacheslav Menzhinsky
Vyacheslav Rudolfovich Menzhinsky (Russian: Вячеслав Рудольфович Менжинский, Polish: Wiaczesław Mężyński; 19 August 1874 - 10 May 1934) was a Polish-Russian revolutionary, a Soviet statesman a...
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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...
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...
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...
Mykola Skrypnyk
Mykola Oleksiyovych Skrypnyk (Ukrainian: Микола Олексійович Скрипник, 25 January , 1872 – 7 July 1933) was a Ukrainian Bolshevik leader who was a proponent of the Ukrainian Republic's independence...
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