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Kremlin Bodyguards
Kremlin Bodyguards
Stalin’s Okhrana, the Main Guards Directorate
© 2006
132 pages; 8 chapters
During World War 2 and thereafter the Soviet dictator, Stalin, was
guarded by a huge
army of bodyguards. The Kremlin bodyguards
consisted of a huge mass of mostly illiterate thugs who
murdered
without compunction for Stalin
, or on a whim. For example, on
numerous occasions, drunken members of
Kremlin bodyguard units
killed
, for no reason, groups of Soviet Army officers (and of course,
were never punished for it).
Stalin’s criminal bodyguards were
organized into the largest and most effective bodyguard force of the 20th
and 21st centuries. In
Kremlin Bodyguards, the reader will learn many
unbelievable and bizarre facts about that strange military conglomerate.
Review Table of Contents
“The bodyguards had no political problems with Marshal Timoshenko, who more gracefully swallowed the fact that it was
Stalin and not the allied Army who had won the war for the Soviet Union. But that marshal tended to compensate for his
postwar lot under the Georgian by taking to the bottle. His prolonged vodka sessions became notorious and guards
officers assigned to him needed a very great capacity since they were invariably commanded to participate. Some of the
sessions lasted for days. And one guards captain had to be hastily transferred to Moscow after hitting Timoshenko's aide
with a bottle during an all-night bout.
Again the problem was not political, but the First Department also had a most difficult time "protecting" Marshal
Rokossovsky. The chief nonmilitary characteristic of that latter-day proconsul to Poland (and, like Dzerzhinsky and
Menzhinsky, Rokossovsky was a Pole) was lechery. That much bemedaled officer not only had numerous "wives," but
also had to be supplied with endless relays of girls to share his quarters. That proclivity was so pronounced that reports
of it eventually reached the party control commission and
Stalin was asked to intervene. But, since Rokossovsky was of
much less political concern to him than were Zhukov and Timoshenko, the Georgian just leafed through the report and
tossed it aside saying "I have no Suvorov, but Rokossovsky is my Bagration." (Any comparison of Rokossovky with those
Russian immortals of the Napoleonic wars is pure military heresy, but after all Stalin was certainly no military expert.)”
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