Meaning of Okhrana in English:

Okhrana

noun

  • In Imperial Russia: a secret police department set up in 1881 (after the assassination of Tsar Alexander II) to maintain state security and suppress revolutionary activities, and abolished after the February Revolution in 1917 (now historical). Also (in later and extended use): the security services of the Soviet Union or its successors.

Pronunciation

Okhrana

/ə(ʊ)ˈkrɑːnə/ /ɒˈkrɑːnə/

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Times. From Russian oxrana protection, security, guard, also security service from oxranjat′ to guard, protect + -a, suffix forming feminine nouns); compare the fuller name for the organization, oxrannoe otdelenie ‘security department’.