NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
22nd December, 1953 : It Russia’s former security police boss, Lavrenti Beria, has been executed, following a secret trial on charges of plotting to seize power and of being a Western agent. Six senior officers in Beria’s secret police were also shot. Beria, who has been portrayed as Stalin’s evil genius and a traitor, was arrested in June. Beria has thus joined Yagoda and Yezhov in the remarkable community of Soviet police chiefs who have not died a natural death.