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Stalin and the LubiankaA Documentary History of the Political Police and Security Organs in the Soviet Union, 1922-1953$
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David R. Shearer and Vladimir Khaustov

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300171891

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300171891.001.0001

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Expanding Power, Infiltrating the State 1922–1927

Expanding Power, Infiltrating the State 1922–1927

(p.17) Chapter One Expanding Power, Infiltrating the State 1922–1927
Stalin and the Lubianka

David R. Shearer

Vladimir Khaustov

Yale University Press

This chapter examines closely Iosif Stalin as general secretary of the Communist Party. With the new political administration, the image, function, and name of the Cheka was redefined. The chapter shows that the new State Political Administration (GPU) maintained broad powers, including the right to continue, or establish, extra-judicial sentencing boards. Stalin tried to use the OGPU to improve his own authority, and the authority of the Bolsheviks against their alleged opponents.

Keywords:   Iosif Stalin, general secretary, Communist Party, Cheka, GPU, OGPU

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