RUSSIA: Policeman on Trial

Five months after his arrest startled the world, the Kremlin announced abruptly last week that Lavrenty P. Beria. ex-boss of the Soviet secret police, chief of Russia's atomic program and longtime comrade-in-arms of Malenkov. had broken down and admitted to the "most serious crimes against the state." Beria. added Radio Moscow, will face trial "at a special sitting of the Soviet supreme court."

This somber announcement was greeted with what Pravda called "spontaneous demonstrations of the Russian workers and peasants." In Tiflis, capital of Beria's home state, "the entire Georgian people" was said to be condemning the traitor for "sowing...

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