Beria, Lavrenty P. 1899- 1953
Lavrenty Beria was a Georgian Bolshevik and Soviet politician. He was the most influential of Stalin's secret police chiefs. In 1932, he became the party boss of the Transcaucasian republics (Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia). He led political repression campaigns during Stalin's Great Purge. After becoming the head of NKVD, he used his power to execute over 500 NKVD agents and 30,000 Red Army officers. In February 1941, he became a deputy prime minister of the USSR, and Stalin put him in charge of important tasks, including the atomic bomb project. In 1953 he was arrested, accused of being an "imperialist agent," and was immediately executed.