RUSSIA: Beria For Yezhov

Next to Stalin the most powerful man in Soviet Russia for the past two years has been Nikolai Yezhov, Commissar for Internal Affairs since September 1936. Comrade Yezhov is the man who in 1937 put on the largest and costliest purge to date, for which he provided the evidence, the victims and the executioners. Last week a small, back-page notice in Izvestia informed Russians that Comrade Yezhov had been relieved of his post at his own request, would be superseded by Laurentius Pavlovich Beria, until last summer head of the political police in...

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