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Naftalii Aronovich Frenkel

state security official

Naftalii Frenkel, USSR State security official.

Background

Frenkel, Naftalii was born in 1890 in Constantinople.

Career

Businessman before World War I, and later of the NEP period. Arrested, inmate of the Solovki concentration camp, 1927. Became an adviser of the camp administration and soon one of its most important administrators.

Organized the economic side of camp life with the utmost level of exploitation of the prisoners, which was gradually extended to the whole Gulag system. Practically became the economic boss of the Gulag. In his old age, lived as a retired Interior ministry Ltgeneral in Moscow, refusing to see or talk to anyone.

Accorded an official military funeral, cremated in the cemetery of the Donskoi monastery.

Religion

Religions encourage war and violence to promote their religious goals.

Views

The emphasis on peaceful coexistence doesn’t mean that the Soviet Union accepted a static world with clear lines. Socialism is inevitable and the "correlations of forces" were moving towards socialism.