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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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Deadly Kremlin Politics

Deadly Kremlin Politics

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Terror by Quota

Paul R. Gregory

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the succession struggles and the role of state security following the death of Soviet Union dictators Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin. It explains that although the Joint State Political Directorate (OGPU) and the Peoples Commissariat for Internal Affairs (NKVD) played only a supportive role in the Lenin success, they played major roles in the success of Joseph Stalin's dictatorship. The chapter also discusses the reasons behind Lavrentiy Beria's attempt to duplicate Stalin's earlier winning strategy.

Keywords:   state security, political succession, Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, OGPU, NKVD, Lavrentiy Beria

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