Feliks Dzerzhinski Quotes

Are we entitled to make an exception for a poet and still shoot the others?

The Cheka, forerunner of the KGB, was executing large numbers of dissidents. One was Nikolai Gumilev 1886-1921, one of Russia's great poets. One of the Cheka agents, distressed at the prospect of killing such a great Russian artist suggested that an exception be made. The poet was then shot. Secret Police precursor to the KGB

Feliks Dzerzhinski, 1877-1926, Founder, Russian Cheka Remark to Cheka agent, 1921

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