HUNGARY: Rebuilding the Police State

One of the factors that gave the Hungarian revolution its first success was the low morale of the hated AVH, the state security police. All the Kremlin talk of coexistence, and Russia's downgrading of Stalinist police methods, had made the AVH feel that they might be sold out at any time by their Moscow bosses. Now a new Hungarian security-police force, composed of old AVH stalwarts, diehard Communists and trade-union toughies, to the number of 10,000, has been formed, and every effort is being made to make them feel that not only do they have the backing of Moscow, but...

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