Russian MP: Ministry of Internal Affairs should be renamed ‘Cheka’

On the 145th anniversary of Lenin’s birthday, a member of the Russian parliament has suggested that the name of ministry governing the country’s police force be changed to ‘Cheka,’ the abbreviated title of the organization that implemented the Red Terror after the Bolshevik Revolution.

Proposal to rename MVD ‘Cheka’

22 April 2015 ~

Tatiana Moskalkova

Tatiana Moskalkova

A State Duma member of the ‘A Just Russia’ party, Tatiana Moskalkova, has suggested renaming the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) the ‘All-Russian Extraordinary Commission’ (Cheka), writes the newspaper Kommersant.

Such a decision must be taken in conditions of crisis, says Moskalkova. She also suggests giving the MVD appropriate authority ‘for the restoration of order and the preservation of peace and security in the country in peace and security.’

Vladimir Kolokoltsev

Vladimir Kolokoltsev

On April 22nd at the government hour in the State Duma [lower, elected house of parliament], Minister of Internal Affairs Vladimir Kolokoltsev read the report on the work of the agency. He cited the main achievement of 2014 as the maintenance of order in the preparation for and during the Olympic Games in Sochi.

Vladimir Vasiliev

Vladimir Vasiliev

The leader of the ‘United Russia’ faction, Vladimir Vasiliev, was troubled by the fact that Kolokoltsev had focused on ‘quantitative indicators’ in his report. He recalled that on March 4th, Russian President Vladimir Putin had ‘said that a cardinal fracture was necessary, a new quality of work of the Internal Affairs Ministry.’ In the report of Kolokoltsev Vasiliev ‘heard nothing about a cleansing, about establishing conditions for business in modern conditions.’

‘Are we changing the course of the MVD or not?’ asked Vasiliev.

Felix Dzerzhinsky

Felix Dzerzhinsky

The All-Russian Extraordinary Commission for Combating Counter-Revolution and Sabotage of the Council of People’s Commissars of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR) was established on December 7th, 1917, and was abolished February 6th, 1922, with the transfer of powers to the State Political Administration (GPU) under the People’s Commissariat of Internal Affairs (NKVD) of the Russian Federation. The founders of the Cheka were Felix Dzerzhinsky and Yakov Peters.

Yakov Peters

Yakov Peters

The Cheka was the organ of the ‘dictatorship of the proletariat’ for the protection of state security and ‘the governing body of the struggle against counter-revolution throughout the country.’ The organ compiled lists of enemies of the people, executions of ‘enemy agents, speculators, thugs, hooligans, counter-revolutionary agitators and German spies,’ and ‘individuals connected with White Guard organizations,’ and implemented the ‘red terror.’

МВД предложили переименовать в ВЧК

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