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the Soviet police and secret police from 1934 to 1943, existing as the police only until 1946.
Origin of NKVD:
< Russ N(aródnyĭ) K(omissariát) V(nútrennikh) D(el) People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs
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Origin: From the Russian НКВД, through phonetic spelling of Naródnyi Komissariát Vnútrennikh Del and acronymizing.
The Peoples Commissariat for Internal Affairs, abbreviated NKVD was a law enforcement agency of the Soviet Union that directly executed the rule of power of the All Union Communist Party. It was closely associated with the Soviet secret police which at times was part of the agency and is known for its political repression, during the era of Joseph Stalin. The NKVD contained the regular, public police force of the USSR, including traffic police, firefighting, border guards and archives. It is best known for the activities of the Gulag and the Main Directorate for State Security, the predecessor of the KGB. The NKVD conducted mass extrajudicial executions, ran the Gulag system of forced labor camps and suppressed underground resistance, and was also responsible for mass deportations of entire nationalities and Kulaks to unpopulated regions of the country. It was also tasked with protection of Soviet borders and espionage, which included political assassinations abroad, influencing foreign governments and enforcing Stalinist policy within communist movements in other countries.
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