From the State Archive of the Russian Federation (GARF)
This key collection of intercepted correspondence covering the period from 1906 to the Revolution offers unique insights into the logistics, organization and temperament of the socialist uprising and of the police efforts to infiltrate and thwart insurrection. Researchers will be able to explore crucial details of theory, planning and influence from original, previously unseen letters that were intercepted and analyzed by the Department of Police, the central agency of the state police in the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
This fascinating collection features letters from individuals representing all social classes, party affiliations and social status. In addition, the collection contains ciphered letters and their deciphered text, originals of letters written with invisible ink, tables for deciphering letters, original envelopes in which legal and illegal literature was sent, totally and partially copied letters and journals of incoming and outgoing correspondence, allowing scholars to reconstruct letters that no longer exist.
This collection lets researchers delve deeper than ever possible before into the culture, attitudes and politics that shaped this epoch -- the revolutionary uprisings of 1905-1907, Stolypin's reforms, the events in the Lena river basin, the dissolution of the State Duma, Azef's treachery, World War I and the events leading to the February Revolution of 1917. Casting new light on the on the activities of many sectors of Russian society, these letters will allow innovative research into the: