If Comrade Putin Only Knew What Was Going On
Putin’s support rests mostly in that most Russians don’t blame because they think he is good
They say — and thank God I never was able to verify this fact — that for as many stories that this ugly building rises above the ground, that is how many it goes under the earth: Floor after floor is filled with cells, torture chambers, and killing rooms.
The statue in this image, Felix Derzhinksy, no longer stands in the middle of Lyubanka Square. Derzhinsky was the son of a Polish nobleman and founded the secret police for the Bolsheviks. When the Soviet Union fell in 1991, the toppling of this statue was one of the first spontaneous acts committed by a Russian mob. It was one of the first anti-Soviet expressions by the generation leading the country today. Thousands came together to signal to the world that Russia was through with “secret police” and “oppression.” Russians, Moscovites, were declaring that a new era was underway.
Sadly, that “new era” didn’t last long.
It watches the goings-on
After Derzhinsky got the green light from Vladimir Lenin, the Soviet Union’s founding murderer, the secret police called the “Cheka” was set up in that building just off to the right of Red Square if you are standing with your back to the St. Basil’s Cathedral — facing St. Petersburg.
The Cheka quickly transitioned into the NKVD, a deadly organization that kept tabs on everyone in the Soviet Union, displaying a particular blood-thirsty interest in Communist Party members. Headed up by Nikolai Yezhov (until he was killed by the organization he led) and then Egor Beria (same ending), the NKVD was responsible for “socializing” citizens of the Soviet Union. Socializing meant breaking the human spirit and crushing “personal interests,” demanding that everyone think in a “collective way.” What was good for “me” was supposed to be subordinated to what was good for reaching the goal of “total communism.”
Eventually, the NKVD would be turned into the KGB, the organization in which Vladimir Putin worked as a desk jockey in East Germany until the removal of the Soviet troops from the country. After the fall of the Soviet Union and the fall of the…