Putin’s Russian guard is restoring the red banner and using the name of Feliks Dzerzhinsky, the former head of the Soviet secret police, the NKVD, which was first known as Cheka. They were responsible for mass executions of tens of thousands during the Red Terror and the Russian Civil war – without trial.
Dzerzhinsky established the All-Russia Extraordinary Commission to Combat Counter-revolution and Sabotage—usually known as the Cheka (based on the Russian acronym ВЧК).
Recall Putin was the former head of the FSB and a former KGB officer, the Russian Guard reports only to Putin. By referring to the NKVD and Dzerzhinsky, the only conclusion is an ultimate weapon wielded by Putin – only – they do not answer to the military at all. Final numbers are expected to be 350,000 to 400,000. Just for contrast, the Praetorian Guard, the elite troops of the Roman Empire, numbered only 16,000 at their peak in…
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