The People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs (NKVD) of the Estonian SSR (ESSR) was established by order No. 001067 of 29
August 1940 as a territorial division of the USSR NKVD. From August 1940 through February 1941 operational work was conducted
by the State Security Directorate of the NKVD of the ESSR. In February 1941 the USSR NKVD was divided into two commissariats:
NKVD and People's Commissariat of State Security (NKGB). In July 1941 the two commissariats were merged again, with the NKVD
in charge of operational work.
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