What is Beria?

  • (noun): Soviet chief of secret police under Joseph Stalin; was executed by his associates in the power struggle following Stalin's death (1899-1953).
    Synonyms: Lavrenti Pavlovich Beria

Some articles on beria:

Paolo Iashvili
... On his coming to power, Lavrenty Beria restored many Georgian writers to favor in an attempt to push them into a Soviet ideological camp ... Beria even made him a member of the Transcaucasian Central Committee ... in judgment" and reiterating his devotion to Stalin and Beria ...
Mingrelian Affair - Events
... aimed at eliminating the influence of Lavrentiy Beria, of whom Stalin was getting increasingly suspicious ... subethnic group of the Georgians) members, mostly Beria's protégés ... was Megrelian and that he was punished because of his links with Beria ...
Sergo Goglidze - Biography
... was a close associate and friend of Lavrentiy Beria, who promoted Goglidze to these high-level positions ... In 1953, after the death of Stalin and downfall of Beria, he was arrested and shot (in Moscow, on December 23, 1953) together with a group of other NKVD officers close to Lavrentiy Beria ...
Candide Charkviani - The Mingrelian Affair and Exile 1952-58
... during the Mingrelian Affair (1952), a conspiracy aimed against Lavrenti Beria's protégés in Georgia ... and that he was punished because of his links with Beria ... emerged that Charkviani’s relations with Beria had never been smooth and that Beria tolerated Charkviani only because the latter was supported by Stalin ...
Mikhail Sergeevich Kedrov
... Kedrov and his son Igor had complained repeatedly to Joseph Stalin about Lavrenti Beria, who increasingly came to control the Soviet secret police in the 1930s ... After Beria's appointment as head of the NKVD in 1938, Kedrov, like many former secret police agents, was arrested and executed at Beria's direction ...