History of the Soviet Union's Secret Police with Vadim Malinovsky
Can't make this time? A video recording will be sent to all participants after the seminar.
Soviet secret police (known as KGB), officially was founded in 1953, but it leads its history from the times of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. It was the most powerful organization that arrested and executed millions of people, sent to GULAG millions of Soviet citizens, and "relocated" entire ethnic groups.
These men were responsible for foreign intelligence, domestic counterintelligence, technical intelligence, protection of the political leadership, and the security of the country’s frontiers. KGB became one of the world’s largest foreign intelligence services. During this seminar, we will talk about the history of this organization and how it was changing with the new leaders in the country.
Led by historian Vadim Malinovsky this seminar will give a deep dive into the history of the Soviet secret police. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the background of nowadays Russian elite group represented by high-ranked secret police officers.
Vadim is a historian (MA) who has graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University. His focus is contemporary Russian history. He is working on a PhD dissertation on Stalin's national policy.
Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).