Today in History, April 29

The Brigadmil in action.

Eighty-one years ago today, on April 29, 1932, the Soviet authorities issued a decree creating the Brigadmil, a public organization to assist the police in maintaining public order. The Brigadmil, an acronym for "the brigade of police assistance," didn't act under Soviet committees but instead under the guidance of district and city police, and by 1941 its number of volunteers had reached 400,000.