Chekist


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chekist

(ˈtʃɛkɪst)
n
a member of the Cheka
adj
of or pertaining to the Cheka

Chekist

a member of the Russian secret police (1917-1922) called Cheka.
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(3) For more on profilaktika, see Julie Fedor, Russia and the Cult of State Security: The Chekist Tradition from Lenin to Putin (London: Routledge, 2011), 51-56; Robert Hornsby, Protest, Reform, and Repression in Khrushchev's Soviet Union (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 211-12, 218-21; Harrison, One Day, chap.
Compare and contrast Zinn's idiom with the following Chekist tripe, nigh inescapable in Australian undergraduate humanities departments during my youth--this is from Georg Lukacs, History and Class Consciousness, 1923:
[38.] Socor, Vladimir, "Soviet Chekist, Slavic Fist, and the Medvedev-Yanukovych Declaration on Transnistria", Eurasia Daily Monitor, Volume: 7, Issue: 97, The Jamestown Foundation, 19 May 2010.
Another intriguing clue was the name of a leading chekist, Gen.
Lenin himself echoed this view but also found, on some occasions, that even the Cheka could not be trusted to root out counterrevolutionaries; then he proposed relying on a "good Communist," for "if it is a good Communist, and a good Communist is a good Chekist," then he'll get the job done.
The Chekist enforcers--members of the ubiquitous secret services--are aided by an increasing number of collaborators who join up in hopes of personal benefits or fear of the consequences of refusal.
Julie Elkner, Constructing the Chekist: The Cult of State Security in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia 259-60 (2009) (unpublished Ph.D.
In particular, Homecoming is upset with Chekist Street, which honors the state security organization of the early Soviet Union.
A hint appears at the beginning of his essay, where he playfully suggests that the archbishop of Canterbury might deserve to be called a "Bolshevist" "if he seriously pursues the Gospel precepts." (Jesus Christ as the first Chekist?) What moves Keynes most deeply is the "religious" element in Leninism, whose "emotional and ethical essence centers about the individual's and the community's attitude towards the love of money" (259, emphasis in original).
(Interestingly and perhaps tellingly, Pavlovsky recommended a single-bullet shot, a reminder of the Chekist assassinations in the South Caucasus in 1920-21 as Bolshevik forces moved South.) And in April, less than three months before the G-8 summit itself, Moscow embargoed the import of wine from both Moldova and Georgia, devastating their economies in retaliation for their democratic deviationism.
Maybe he too was afraid of the Chekist. Although, if you thought about it, what did they have to fear?
Many post- 1991 films instead look backwards to analyze their own history, such as Burnt By the Sun, East-West, Inner Circle, and The Chekist. But these films too rarely analyzed specifically women's double-pillar role in not only the Soviet but the current period.