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G.P.U. was the short, better known acronym of the Obedinennoye Gosudarstvennoye Politicheskoye Upravlenie (Joint State Political Directorate) of the NKVD (People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs) of the RSFSR (Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic), since February 6, 1922, to 1934. Legally a police force, it became known by its brutal methods of investigation and interrogation outside law boundaries. See more
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