RUSSIA: Ogpu Cabinet

At Moscow occurred last week an extraordinary change in Government. It was as if in Washington Attorney General Homer S. Cummings had abruptly been created "Cabinet-Minister-General," with six bureau chiefs of the Department of Justice becoming "Cabinet-Ministers-of-the-First Rank." Such a change in Washington would mean that U. S. citizens were being handed over to be governed by G-men.

In Russia the Soviet secret service has had a long and fascinating history, increasing in respectability with the years. Members of the dread Tsarist Okhrana were remarkably successful in insinuating themselves into the...

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