1 Criminal Police of St Petersburg in the Early Soviet Era and Beyond

Criminal Police of St Petersburg in the Early Soviet Era and Beyond

Posted on September 7, 2015 by tim


This photoset explores in detail the work and hard days of the criminal police during the early era of St. Petersburg – the second biggest Russian city. The city, which was a base for the famous Dostoevski novel, Crime and Punishment, for sure was in need of a good investigative service to protect the citizens. So here is how it all started…

Actually it started even before the Soviet era, in the late Victorian age of the 1860s. The first boss of the criminal police was its creator and later a mayor of St. Petersburg, Fyedor Trepov.

And this man, Ivan Putilin, was his successor.

This man was leading the department just before the Revolution struck.

And in the first days of new proletarian dictatorship, Kirpichnikov Arkadi as appointed as the leader of the St. Petersburg investigators.

Here is one of the acts from the archives of the service – the burning down of an old Coat of Arms of the old Russian Empire, right after the revolution.

Revolutionary forces consisting of the most lower class people shoot the police officers who were still faithful to the Tsar the Emperor.

Checking the documents of the visitors of Smolny – the Bolshevik mecca of 1917.

The ex-ruling class is forced to indulge in labor. Labor day!

The criminal police officers visit a crime scene.

The active service members of the department in 1919.

A department chapter dealing with pickpocket thefts, with its chief presiding behind the table. 1920.

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One Response to “Criminal Police of St Petersburg in the Early Soviet Era and Beyond”

  1. Dan says:

    Excellent and interesting photos. I’ll bet there was a lot of crime after the war.

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