Tag: Lavrentii Beria

Soviet Successors

On March 5, 1953 Soviet Russian leader Joseph Stalin died after suffering from a brain hemorrhage 4 days earlier. Stalin, who rose through the ranks under the leadership of Vladimir Lenin and became the leader of the Soviet Union shortly after World War I in 1922, left behind a government that faced the difficult task … Continue reading Soviet Successors

The Worst Thing About Prison was… the Dementors

Following the death of Stalin, a set of reforms were made in “de-stalinizing” the Soviet Union. Among these key reforms was the release of prisoners from camps administered by the GULAG. Lavrentii Beria was named minister of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and State Security (MVD) in 1953 and on March 26, Beria sent the […]

The New Boss

When Stalin suffered a cerebral hemorrhage that would lead to his death in early March of 1953, a total it set off a bloody struggle of control that would entirely new direction of the government and the country. Stalin’s death is regrettably ironic when Stalin needed help the most the complex bureaucracy prevented him from …

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