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The Secret Police in Lenin's Russia
The Secret Police in Lenin's Russia
By Lennard D. Gerson
Temple University Press, 1976, 332 pp.

The grim record of the Cheka-GPU in defending the Revolution; i.e., in suppressing domestic opposition to the party line and leadership in the period 1917-24, is largely the story of the organizing genius and ruthless efficiency of the super-cop Felix Dzerzhinsky. Based on extensive research.