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Stalin's WorldDictating the Soviet Order$
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Sarah Davies and James Harris

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300182811

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300182811.001.0001

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(p.59) 2 Spymania
Stalin's World

Sarah Davies

James Harris

Yale University Press

The Bolsheviks survived the civil war and secured the revolution, but they never felt secure from their enemies. This chapter traces the development of the systems by which information on enemies was collected. In privileging information on “threats,” failing to set a standard by which threats could be judged to have been neutralized, in a reliance on “revolutionary instinct” over material evidence in the investigation of counterrevolutionary crimes, the regime came to grossly exaggerate the threat posed by the forces of counterrevolution.

Keywords:   Stalin, intelligence, wrecking, sabotage, espionage, counterrevolution, OGPU, NKVD

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