Lavrentiy Beria started his career in state security and quickly rose through the ranks until he became the chief of the Georgian OGPU (the political police). Whilst ruthlessly putting down a Georgian nationalist uprising he was introduced to Joseph Stalin with whom he became a close ally during Stalins rise to power. In 1938 Stalin appointed Beria as second in command of the feared NKVD (state secret police) and within 2 years he had taken full control of the organisation responsible for the great purges that saw millions imprisoned or executed. Beria was responsible for stepping up the Gulags to an industrial scale where millions of prisoners became the the Soviet WWII production line for weapons. Stalin liked Beria's tactics because they produced results and he even likened Beria to the Nazi's head of the Gestapo Heinrich Himmler. In the post WWII period the Gulag system provided Beria with the workforce to mine uranium and build processing plants. He was now a member of the Politburo but his reputation was becoming before him and many knew of his ruthlessness and how he used to revel in the torture and demise of his enemies. It wasn't just his enemies that had to fear him as he used to cruise the streets of Moscow looking for young girls to bring back to his house so he could rape them. If they resisted they were raped and killed with many of their bodies buried in the grounds of his house. He even had one of his body guards compile a list of all the girls he raped and killed and this was used against him during his downfall from power. After Stalin died Beria made a power grab but was out manouvered by Nikita Kruskhev who had him arrested, tortured by his own police, tried for treason and sentenced to death. Before his execution he fell to his knees and cried for mercy, but just as he never gave any mercy to any of his victims none was awarded to Beria and he was shot through the head. Chilling as they may seem, this is my compilation of six of the best Lavrentiy Beria quotes.
- Mini Bio
- Name: Lavrentiy Beria
- Born: 29th March 1899, Merkheuli, Sukhum Okrug, Russian Empire
- Died: 23rd December 1953, Moscow, Soviet Union
- Occupation: Soviet politician and chief of the secret police
- Infamous for: The deaths of millions of Russians
- Trivia: He used to prowl the streets of Moscow and order his guards to bring teenage girls to his house where he would rape them. He also had his own personal torture chamber in the basement of his house
"Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime"
"They can’t all be Trotskyites and traitors"
"He who is not blind sees that our party, during its difficult days, is closing its ranks still more closely, that it is united and unshakable"
"Let our enemies know that anyone who attempts to raise a hand against the will of our people, against the will of the party of Lenin and Stalin, will be mercilessly crushed and destroyed"
"Scream or not, it doesn't matter"
"Now it's not a bouquet, it's a wreath! May it rot on your grave"