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Smersh

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Pronunciation: /sməːʃ
 
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historical

Definition of Smersh in English:

The popular name for the Russian counter-espionage organization responsible for maintaining security within the Soviet armed and intelligence services.

Origin

abbreviation of Russian Smertʹ shpionam, literally 'death to spies'.

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