The celebration last week of the 20th anniversary of the Soviet Secret Political Police showed further how the State ruled by Stalin has "come of age" (see col. 3). The power of the Political Police is now so ripe that their Commissar Nikolai Yezhov was able to celebrate by announcing on the dread anniversary that eight prominent Old Bolsheviks had been tried in secret, condemned to death for "treason" and secretly executed before the Soviet press was permitted to divulge even that a trial was proceeding.

To Soviet citizens the secret terror...

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