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Stalin's First Lieutenant

Paperback (338 pages)
Lavrentii Beria came to symbolize all the evils of Stalinism, yet eventually found himself a victim of Soviet purges, too.


This is the first comprehensive biography of Lavrentii Beria, Stalin's notorious police chief and for many years his most powerful lieutenant. Beria has long symbolized all the evils of Stalinism, haunting the public imagination both in the West and in the former Soviet Union.

Yet because his political opponents expunged his name from public memory after his dramatic arrest and execution in 1953, little has been previously published about his long and tumultuous career.

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