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Pages: 28. Chapters: Lavrentiy Beria, Mikheil Javakhishvili,
Polikarp Mdivani, Sandro Akhmeteli, Memed Abashidze, Gaioz
Devdariani, Kote Abkhazi, Titsian Tabidze, Demetrius II of Georgia,
Archil of Kakheti, Mamia Orakhelashvili, Giorgi Mazniashvili,
Eustathius of Mtskheta, Evgen Gvaladze, Constantine I of Georgia,
Henryk Hryniewski, Alexander Svanidze, Evgeni Mikeladze, Noe
Khomeriki, Shalva Eliava, Gerzel Baazov, Tite Margwelaschwili,
Vsevolod Nikolayevich Merkulov, Petre Otskheli, Grigol
Lordkipanidze, Dimitri Shevardnadze, Prokofy Dzhaparidze, Valiko
Jugheli, Benia Chkhikvishvili, Levan Razikashvili, Seit Devdariani,
Giorgi Khimshiashvili, Varden Tsulukidze, Alexander
Andronikashvili, Samson Mamulia. Excerpt: Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria
(Georgian: Russian: 29 March 1899 - 23 December 1953) was a
Georgian Soviet politician and state security administrator, chief
of the Soviet security and secret police apparatus (NKVD) under
Joseph Stalin during World War II, and Deputy Premier in the
postwar years (1946-1953). Beria was the longest lived and most
influential of Stalin's secret police chiefs, wielding his most
substantial influence during and after World War II. He
simultaneously administered vast sections of the Soviet state and
served as de facto Marshal of the Soviet Union in command of the
NKVD field units, responsible for anti-partisan operations against
anti-Soviet ethnic groups and Nazi collaborators, and the
apprehension and summary execution of thousands of "turncoats,
deserters, cowards and suspected malingerers." Beria administered
the vast expansion of the Gulag slave labor camps, and was
primarily responsible for the Katyn massacre. He also played the
decisive role in coordinating the Soviet partisans, developing an
impressive intelligence and sabotage network behind German lines,
thus contributing mightily to the ultim...
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