Foreign News: The Shadow of Ivan Serov

Moscow thought it had the answer to Hungary: Ivan Serov.

In the days when the Ukraine had been Khrushchev's satrapy, Serov had liquidated hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian peasants. After the 1939 partition of Poland, he had supervised the deportation of 1,500,000 Poles and issued the infamous Order No. 001223, which outlined the proper procedures for executions and deportations from the Baltic states. General Serov, now the Cabinet-ranking boss of Soviet secret police, flew into Budapest last week.

Train to the Ukraine. A short, stocky man with dynamic energy and ice-cold grey-blue eyes, Serov...

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