in the U.S.S.R., the government's secret-police organization (1934–46).

Compare Cheka.

Origin of NKVD

< Russian N(aródnyĭ) K(omissariát) V(nútrennikh) D(el) People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs
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abbreviation for

(formerly) People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs: the Soviet police and secret police from 1934 to 1943: the police from 1943 to 1946

Word Origin for NKVD

from Russian Narodny komissariat vnutrennikh del People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs
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