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March 1937, however, Stalin decided that all these cleansings and purges had not gone deep enough. He had retained power from 1933 to 1936 largely because Yagoda and his secret agents worked hand-in-hand with him in fervent loyalty to smash the old Bolshevik Party and the leadership of the Red Army. But because Yagoda had become too intimate with Stalin's purge methods, and too close to the reins of power, Stalin decided to change executioners in midstream. The man chosen as Yagoda's successor was Nikolai Yezhov, whom Stalin had "planted" several years before as Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, and head of the bureau of appointments, chief dispenser of patronage. In these positions Yezhov had been silently building a parallel Ogpu, responsible only to Stalin personally. When he stepped into Yagoda's shoes, he imported into the State Secret Police, about two hundred of his own reliable "boys" from this personal Ogpu of Stalin. Stalin's slogan in March 1937 was: Intensify the purge! Yezhov translated that slogan into bloody action. His first job was to inform the old Ogpu officials that they had been lax, that they had been corruptly led, that the new intensified purge must begin at home in the Ogpu itself.
On March 18, 1937, Yezhov addressed a meeting of the leaders of the Ogpu in the clubroom of the annexe to the Lubianka building. All Yagoda's immediate assistants and, with one exception, all the chiefs of the Ogpu divisions were already under arrest. The blow was now about to fall upon the high command. The spacious quarters of the club were crowded with veteran Chekists, some of whom had served in the Secret Police for nearly twenty years. Yezhov was about to make his first declaration as the new chief of the Ogpu as "People's Commissar for Internal

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