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The Emergency Commissions and Combating "Economic Crimes" in Moscow During the Civil War

Student: Kseniia Medvedevskikh

Supervisor: Liudmila Novikova

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: History (Bachelor)

Final Grade: 10

Year of Graduation: 2018

The present work is devoted to the studying of the role of the Emergency Commissions (Cheka) combating economic “crimes” in Moscow during the Civil War. Moscow was consolidating of the “free markets”, “black trading” during the Civil War. Despite the huge amount of academic literature, this topic was studied either too superficially or biased. This work aims to determine the strategies of Moscow population to survive during the period of combating economic “crimes” during the Civil War and its social and economic consequences. Using a body of published and archival sources of Cheka this work offers a new studying of the Civil War in context of the everyday life history. This study addresses three questions. First, how bright documents of the Cheka can illuminate the economic situation of Moscow and social aspects of life during the Civil war? Second, what was the role of the illegal supply? Third, had Cheka actions stabilized the economic development of the Moscow region or, conversely, led to the depopulation of the capital?

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