Stalin’s secret police head Lavrenty Beria was responsible for the death of millions of Russians . He was a sadist torturer who raped and killed possibly thousands of Russian women. He even raped and killed them in his own home. A grave of his victims contains two children’s remains.
From The Telegraph
Lavrenty Beria was responsible for the death of millions of Russians but is now a morbid sideshow, writes Julius Strauss in Moscow
12:01AM GMT 23 Dec 2003
In the oak-panelled office where he plotted his victims’ fate, a small fire still glows just as it did when he was alive.
In the room where he raped countless young women, the huge bed has been changed for a smaller one but the other furniture remains. Down in the sprawling cellars, the bones of his victims are still hidden behind false walls or cemented into the masonry.
In 15 years as head of the secret police, the NKVD, he was responsible for overseeing the murder of millions of Russians, some shot at night in the depths of the Lubyanka, others dragged off to the gulags.
Anton Antonov-Ovseyenko, a historian, who spent 13 years in the camps and later wrote a book about Beria, said: “The gulags existed before Beria, but he was the one who built them on a mass scale. He industrialised the gulag system. Human life had no value for him.”
He was also deeply depraved and a notorious sexual predator. At night he would cruise the streets of Moscow seeking out teenage girls. When he saw one who took his fancy he would have his guards deliver her to his house.
Mr Antonov-Ovseyenko said: “Sometimes he would have his henchmen bring five, six or seven girls to him. He would make them strip, except for their shoes, and then force them into a circle on their hands and knees with their heads together.
“He would walk around in his dressing gown inspecting them. Then he would pull one out by her leg and haul her off to rape her. He called it the flower game.”
– Building workers digging a ditch in the centre of the city on Friday unearthed a common grave near the mansion once occupied by Stalin’s secret police chief, Lavrenti Beria, writes Helen Womack. Since Beria was notorious for carrying out interrogation and torture in his own home, it is reasonable to assume that the bones are the remains of his personal victims.
The mansion on Moscow’s Kachalova Street is a pleasant pastel building housing the Tunisian Embassy. But Russians cannot pass it without shuddering, for it is believed that Beria lured young women there, had sex with them, then had them murdered in the basement.
The workers had been digging for several hours when they came upon a pile of human bones, including two children’s skulls covered with lime or chlorine.