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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Beria, Lavrenti Pavlovich 1899-1953. Soviet secret police chief (1938-1953) during the regime of Joseph Stalin. In the power struggle following Stalin's death, Beria was convicted of conspiracy and executed.

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  • n. Soviet chief of secret police under Joseph Stalin; was executed by his associates in the power struggle following Stalin's death (1899-1953)

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