1917:  The Russian Revolutions
Since the early 1990s, a series of previously-unpublished documents from the Russian archives has led historians to reassess the role of Lenin in the creation, and active use, of a secret police (Cheka, later KGB) to terrorize (and execute) political opponents.  Of course, the most visible, and brutal, use of terror was the execution of the Russian royal family in the summer of 1918.  The just-published documents clearly show that it was Lenin who approved of the murder.

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