RUSSIA: Anniversary Executions

Just as the odor of political assassination was beginning to fade from the Soviet scene—to be replaced by that subtler perfume called peaceful coexistence—the Soviet government last week reminded the world that murder is still very much a part of Kremlin politics. The government deliberately chose the anniversary of former Police Boss Lavrenty Beria's execution as "an imperialist agent" to announce the shooting of Viktor Abakumov and three other Beria associates.

The official communique said that Abakumov, "having been placed in the post of Minister of State Security by Beria, was a direct participant in the criminal subversive group that...

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