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Terror by QuotaState Security from Lenin to Stalin (an Archival Study)$
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Paul R. Gregory

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780300134254

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300134254.001.0001

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Terror by Quota
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Paul R. Gregory

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300134254.003.0010

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the history of state security in the Soviet Union from Vladimir Lenin to Joseph Stalin. It suggests that the Praetorian Guard which Lenin and Stalin molded was one of the most successful Soviet institutions as judged by the system's objectives, and that the state security accomplished its main task throughout the course of Soviet history. The chapter describes the evolution of state security, and argues that Stalin's brutal repression of hundreds of thousands, and even millions, of “enemies,” most of whom were ordinary people doing ordinary things, appears to defy logical explanation.

Keywords:   state security, Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Praetorian guard, repression

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