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This article is about the usage of the term troika in the sense of a three-member council. See the disambiguation page Troika for other meanings.
Main article: NKVD troika.
The word became notorious during the Stalinist era in the Soviet Union. Troikas replaced the normal legal system for quick persecution of dissidents or anybody accused of political crimes. Quickly they turned into witchhunts and filled the country with dread.
Also, the word has been used to describe the government of Communist states by the party leader, head of government, and head of state during periods where the positions were held by three different people and the party leader not viewed as sole dictator.
See also: triumvirate
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