History UsefulNotes / MoscowCentre

7th Jan '16 7:46:43 PM trumpetmarietta
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The KGB (''Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti''- "Committee for State Security", not to be confused with the Centre of Moscow, that is only a nickname for the part of Moscow within Sadovoye (Garden) Ring) and its predecessors, the StateSec of the USSR as well as its (technically) civilian foreign intelligence agency, though it used a military ranking system.
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The KGB (''Komitet (Комитет Государственной Безопасности, ''Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti''- Bezopasnosti'' = "Committee for State Security", Security"), not to be confused with the Centre of Moscow, that is only a nickname for the part of Moscow within Sadovoye (Garden) Ring) and its predecessors, the StateSec of the USSR as well as its (technically) civilian foreign intelligence agency, though it used a military ranking system.
4th Oct '15 4:53:01 AM demonfiren
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It was originally formed in 1917 as the Cheka/VCheKa ("Extraordinary Commission"/''Vserossiyskaya Cherezvychaynaya Komissiya''), shortly after the October Revolution and led by Felix Dzerzhinsky. It was originally supposed to be a temporary body to ensure security during the 'extraordinary" circumstances of the Russian Civil War (hence the name). But, by the end of the war, it had grown powerful enough to make itself... somewhat less temporary. Also, it originally dealt only with suppressing dissidents, but acquired a foreign intelligence section in 1920.
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It was originally formed in 1917 as the Cheka/VCheKa Cheka/[=VCheKa=] ("Extraordinary Commission"/''Vserossiyskaya Cherezvychaynaya Komissiya''), shortly after the October Revolution and led by Felix Dzerzhinsky. It was originally supposed to be a temporary body to ensure security during the 'extraordinary" circumstances of the Russian Civil War (hence the name). But, by the end of the war, it had grown powerful enough to make itself... somewhat less temporary. Also, it originally dealt only with suppressing dissidents, but acquired a foreign intelligence section in 1920.
4th Oct '15 4:52:32 AM demonfiren
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4th Oct '15 4:52:19 AM demonfiren
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2nd Oct '15 6:19:39 PM Berrenta
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The current [[WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs President]] of Russia, UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin, was a KGB officer; he has brought many of his ex-KGB colleagues into powerful positions in government. Ever since Putin took power, the joke about the SVR and FSB (and especially the FSB) has been "new name, same friendly service."
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The current [[WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs President]] President of Russia, UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin, was a KGB officer; he has brought many of his ex-KGB colleagues into powerful positions in government. Ever since Putin took power, the joke about the SVR and FSB (and especially the FSB) has been "new name, same friendly service."
26th Aug '15 1:19:58 PM YT45
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During Stalin's time, the OGPU ("Joint State Political Directorate/''gosudarstvennoye politicheskoye upravlenie''"), later merged into the NKVD (People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs/''Narodnyy Komissariat Vnutrennikh Del''), which played a central role in the Purges. The Great Purge of 1936-38 was called the "Yezhovshchina" after the then-NKVD chief Nikolai [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "The Bloody Dwarf"]] Yezhov. The organization was not exempt from the purges, with officers denouncing others then getting denounced themselves. Eventually, Yezhov ''himself'' was purged (for the crime of purging innocent people, ironically enough), and replaced with Lavrentiy Beria. Who was less trigger-happy, but, unfortunately, completely insane.
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During Stalin's time, the OGPU ("Joint State Political Directorate/''gosudarstvennoye politicheskoye upravlenie''"), later merged into the NKVD (People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs/''Narodnyy Komissariat Vnutrennikh Del''), which played a central role in the Purges. The Great Purge of 1936-38 was called the "Yezhovshchina" after the then-NKVD chief Nikolai [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "The Bloody Dwarf"]] Yezhov. The organization was not exempt from the purges, with officers denouncing others then getting denounced themselves. Eventually, Yezhov ''himself'' was purged (for the crime of purging innocent people, ironically enough), and replaced with Lavrentiy Beria. Who was less trigger-happy, but, unfortunately, [[AxeCrazy completely insane. insane]].
26th Aug '15 1:17:45 PM YT45
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During Stalin's time, the OGPU ("Joint State Political Directorate/''gosudarstvennoye politicheskoye upravlenie''"), later merged into the NKVD (People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs/''Narodnyy Komissariat Vnutrennikh Del''), which played a central role in the Purges. The Great Purge of 1936-38 was called the "Yezhovshchina" after the then-NKVD chief Yezhov. The organization was not exempt from the purges, with officers denouncing others then getting denounced themselves. Eventually, Yezhov ''himself'' was purged (for the crime of purging innocent people, ironically enough), and replaced with Lavrentiy Beria. Who was less trigger-happy, but, unfortunately, completely insane.
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During Stalin's time, the OGPU ("Joint State Political Directorate/''gosudarstvennoye politicheskoye upravlenie''"), later merged into the NKVD (People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs/''Narodnyy Komissariat Vnutrennikh Del''), which played a central role in the Purges. The Great Purge of 1936-38 was called the "Yezhovshchina" after the then-NKVD chief Nikolai [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "The Bloody Dwarf"]] Yezhov. The organization was not exempt from the purges, with officers denouncing others then getting denounced themselves. Eventually, Yezhov ''himself'' was purged (for the crime of purging innocent people, ironically enough), and replaced with Lavrentiy Beria. Who was less trigger-happy, but, unfortunately, completely insane.
26th Aug '15 1:16:20 PM YT45
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Stalin [[EvenEvilHasStandards never trusted or liked Beria]], who had a well-deserved reputation as a [[RapeIsASpecialEvil depraved sexual predator]], even if he did consider him a useful attack dog. Stalin once went crazy with worry upon hearing that his own beloved daughter was alone in a house with the NKVD chief, and sent armed men to escort her away. Even as early as 1942, he told Beria's personal aide to "Send me everything this asshole writes down," just in case the need arose to have him purged like his predecessors.
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Stalin [[EvenEvilHasStandards never trusted or liked Beria]], who had a well-deserved reputation as a [[RapeIsASpecialEvil [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil depraved sexual predator]], even if he did consider him a useful attack dog. Stalin once went crazy with worry upon hearing that his own beloved daughter was alone in a house with the NKVD chief, and sent armed men to escort her away. Even as early as 1942, he told Beria's personal aide to "Send me everything this asshole writes down," just in case the need arose to have him purged like his predecessors.
26th Aug '15 1:15:48 PM YT45
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Stalin [[EvenEvilHasStandards never trusted or liked Beria]], who had a well-deserved reputation as a [[RapeIsASpecialEvil depraved sexual predator]], even if he did consider him a useful attack dog. Stalin once went crazy with worry upon hearing that his own beloved daughter was alone in a house with the NKVD chief, and sent armed men to escort her away. Even as early as 1942, he told Beria's personal aide to "Send me everything this asshole writes down," just in case the need arose to have him purged like his predecessors.
25th Aug '15 4:16:46 PM YT45
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Another take on Beria views him as a pragmatic man who was brought in specifically to do something with the unholy mess that Great Purges turned into. You see, original plan was reportedly to make a nice, neat clean-up of the house, removing the remains of the Lenin's Old Guard from power, and, maybe not even shooting, just exiling them. Unfortunately, the NKVD very soon lost control of the process, not helped by the hands-off attitude of its previous heads and utter craziness of two last ones before Beria, Genrikh Yagoda and Nikolai Yezhov.
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Another take on Beria views him as a pragmatic man (and also a serial rapist) who was brought in specifically to do something with the unholy mess that Great Purges turned into. You see, original plan was reportedly to make a nice, neat clean-up of the house, removing the remains of the Lenin's Old Guard from power, and, maybe not even shooting, just exiling them. Unfortunately, the NKVD very soon lost control of the process, not helped by the hands-off attitude of its previous heads and utter craziness of two last ones before Beria, Genrikh Yagoda and Nikolai Yezhov.
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