The NKVD/ MVD/ KGB
This entity is known under a variety of names, and it is responsible for carrying out Stalin's terror in the 1930s and beyond.
The Politburo/ Presidium
This group is the top-most decision maker in the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, chosen from the members of the Central Committee, who in turn are chosen from local party units nationwide.
This is the main character's birthplace near the Ukrainian border.
This is an industrial region where the main character begins his work life in 1908.
This is the place where the main character arrives to study; it is being painfully rebuilt from the overgrown village dominated by church spires into a modern city.
This is the second most important of the Soviet republics and enjoyed a brief independent reign in the Middle Ages.
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