Presidential Library to showcase exposition on the history of the All-Russian Extraordinary Commission in Crimea

11 September 2018

Archival records on much publicized cases of the XX century, rare photographs, as well as other unique materials will be showcased in Crimea by the Presidential Library. The exposition "Shield and Sword of the Revolution": security officer in life, cinema and literature" will be open on September 11 in the exhibition hall of the Yulian Semyonov House Museum in Yalta and will run until December 20, 2018.

The exhibition has been formed by the Presidential Library for the 100th anniversary of the creation of the first Soviet body of state security, the All-Russian Extraordinary Commission for Combating Counter-Revolution and Sabotage, which was celebrated in December 2017. Until the end of February 2018, visitors to the building on Senate Square, 3 had opportunity to visit it.

The work of the Cheka (1917-1922) is described by the minutes of the commission meetings, reports, photographs, instructions, agitation posters, excerpts from the periodical "Weekly of the Cheka", summaries of the secret department of the Cheka - All this draws a broad picture of the political, economic, military life of the young state.

The bodies of the Cheka solved the tasks of countering banditry, espionage, sabotage and terror, speculation and smuggling in the conditions of the Civil War and economic devastation. The life of the staff was so intense that they have become main actors in literature and cinema for many years.

One of the most brilliant authors who dedicated themselves to the work of law enforcement agencies was Yulian Semyonov. Presented at the exhibition materials from the writer's fund - archival records that became the basis of his works, books, posters, fragments of films created by the scenarios of Semyonov, - will help to plunge into a world full of unexpected turns and vivid impressions.

The exhibition is organized by the Presidential Library and Yulian Semyonov Cultural Foundation involving the Central Archive of the Federal Security Service of Russia, the Federal Security Service of Russia for St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region, and the State Museum of Political History of Russia.

The exposition will be running in the exhibition hall of the Yulian Semenov House Museum at the address: Yalta, Oliva village, Victory Street, 7, during museum working hours. The visit is free, upon prior registration by phone +7 978 804-94-55. The website of the museum: http://юлиан-семенов.рус.

The virtual tour of the exhibition "The Saving Sword of the Revolution": security officer in life, cinema and literature" is available on the Presidential Library portal at