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Cheka

(ˈtʃɛka)
n
(Historical Terms) Russian history the secret police set up in 1917 by the Bolshevik government: reorganized in the Soviet Union in Dec 1922 as the GPU
[C20: from Russian, acronym of Chrezvychainaya Komissiya Extraordinary Commission (to combat Counter-Revolution)]
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This raised the prospect of the Romanovs being rescued and on July 4th the guards were suddenly replaced by a squad of Cheka secret police under the command of a certain Yaknv Yurovsky.
Shortly after becoming Russian prime minister, the Los Angeles Times reported, Putin told a group of his KGB associates, "a group of FSB colleagues dispatched to work undercover in the government has successfully completed its first mission." Those remarks were made during a celebration of "Security Organs Day" on December 20th, an annual commemoration marking the creation of the Soviet Cheka secret police in 1917.