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| Felix Dzerdzhinsky|
December 20, 1917 -
|Predecessor||None; office created|
|Successor||None; office abolished|
|Born|| September 11, 1877|
Ivyanets, Russian Empire
|Spouse(s)||Sofia Sigizmudovna Muszkat|
|Children||Jan Feliksovich Dzerzhinsky|
|Religion||Atheism (Ex.: Roman Catholic)|
Felix Edmundovich Dzerdzhinsky (Pol.: Feliks Dzierżyński; Russ.: Феликс Эдмундович Дзержинский) was head of the Bolshevik secret police, the Cheka.
Born to a Polish family living in Belarus, he intended to be a Catholic priest, but became involved with socialist movements. He was frequently imprisoned, and in 1917 he joined the Bolshevik party.
On December 20, 1917 Lenin appointed him the head of the newly established All-Russian Extraordinary Commission for Combating Counter-Revolution and Sabotage, or Cheka. The Cheka's main goal was to fight counter-revolution in the newly-formed RSFSR.