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Stalin and his hangmen : the tyrant and those who killed for him

Author: Donald Rayfield
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2005.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : Random House trade pbk edView all editions and formats
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Founded by Feliks Dzierzynski, the Cheka-the Extraordinary Commission-came to life in the first years of the Russian Revolution. Spreading fear in a time of chaos, the Cheka proved a perfect instrument for Stalin's ruthless consolidation of power. But brutal as it was, the Cheka under Dzierzynski was amateurish compared to the well-oiled killing machines that succeeded it. Genrikh Iagoda's OGPU specialized in  Read more...
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Rayfield, Donald, 1942-
Stalin and his hangmen.
New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2005
(OCoLC)62594000
Named Person: Joseph Stalin; Joseph Stalin
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Donald Rayfield
ISBN: 9780307431837 0307431835
OCLC Number: 775356243
Notes: Originally published: 2004.
Description: 1 online resource (585 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents: The long road to power --
Stalin, Dzierżyński, and the Cheka --
The exquisite inquisitor --
Stalin solo --
Iagoda's rise --
Murdering the old guard --
The Ezhov bloodbath --
The rise of Lavrenti Beria --
Hangmen at war --
The gratification of cruelty.
Responsibility: Donald Rayfield.

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Founded by Feliks Dzierzynski, the Cheka-the Extraordinary Commission-came to life in the first years of the Russian Revolution. Spreading fear in a time of chaos, the Cheka proved a perfect instrument for Stalin's ruthless consolidation of power. But brutal as it was, the Cheka under Dzierzynski was amateurish compared to the well-oiled killing machines that succeeded it. Genrikh Iagoda's OGPU specialized in political assassination, propaganda, and the manipulation of foreign intellectuals. Later, the NKVD recruited a new generation of torturers. Starting in 1938, terror mastermind Lavrenti Beria brought violent repression to a new height of ingenuity and sadism.

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