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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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The Great Purges 1935–1939

The Great Purges 1935–1939

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(p.170) Chapter Five The Great Purges 1935–1939
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Stalin and the Lubianka
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David R. Shearer

Vladimir Khaustov

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300171891.003.0006

This chapter describes the role of the security police during the period 1935–1939. It also discusses a transformation of the fundamental direction of police activities following the assassination of Sergei Kirov. Nikolai Yezhov replaced Genrikh Yagoda in late 1936 when Iosif Stalin became dissatisfied with Yagoda. Yagoda had failed to reveal the full degree of anti-Soviet conspiracies inside the Ukrainian security service. With Yezhov in position, the speed of political repression became quicker. The so-called Trotskyist Anti-Soviet Military Organization is also explored in this chapter.

Keywords:   Iosif Stalin, Sergei Kirov, Nikolai Yezhov, Genrikh Yagoda, Trotskyist Anti-Soviet Military Organization

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