Human Rights: Established or Precarious?

  • Richard Schifter


On August 19, 1991, the world heard the grim news from Moscow that Gorbachev had been replaced by an “Emergency Committee” that counted among its members the three men who commanded all the country’s security forces—namely, the military, the KGB, and the militia (ordinary police) and special action detachments.


Communist Party Security Force Political Prisoner Labor Camp Secret Police 
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    Quoted by David Shub, Lenin (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1948), p. 326, from Yezhenedel’ nik Chrezvychainoi Komissii (Moscow), November–December, 1918.Google Scholar

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