Cheka


Cheka
Chekist, n.
/che"kah/, n.
(in the Soviet Union) the state secret-police organization (1917-22), succeeded by the GPU. Cf. KGB.
[1920-25; < Russ Cheká, Vecheká, names of the initial letters of Vserossíiskaya chrezvycháinaya Kommíssiya (po bor'bé s kontrarevolyútsiei, spekulyátsiei i sabotázhem) All-Russian Extraordinary Commission (for the Struggle against Counterrevolution, Speculation and Sabotage)]

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also called  Vecheka,  

      early Soviet secret police agency and a forerunner of the KGB (q.v.).

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