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Stalin and the Lubianka: A Documentary History of the Political Police and Security Organs in the Soviet Union, 1922-1953

David R. Shearer and Vladimir Khaustov


This documentary history explores Joseph Stalin's relationship with, and manipulation of, the Soviet political police. The story follows the changing functions, organization, and fortunes of the political police and security organs from the early 1920s until Stalin's death in 1953, and it provides documented detail about how Stalin used these organs to achieve and maintain undisputed power. Although written as a narrative, it includes translations of more than 170 documents from Soviet archives.

Keywords: Joseph Stalin, Soviet political police, security, Soviet archives, manipulation, Lubianka

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300171891
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300171891.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David R. Shearer, author
Federal Security Service Academy of Russia

Vladimir Khaustov, author