Cheka

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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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41) Yet Rigby avoids making discontinuity between the Lenin and Stalin periods a programmatic point, as some were doing at the time, noting merely that Sovnarkom was run over by the "new bureaucratic juggernauts which had been created to support the new absolutism: the party apparatus and the Vecheka," without taking a strong position on the then much-discussed issue of contingency or zakonomernost'.