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Rehabilitating Lavrenti Beria?

We recently received an e-mail from someone inquiring about Lavrenti Beria, People’s Commissar of Internal Affairs from (NKVD) Nov. 1938- June 1953. This particular question had to do with the pervading thinking that Beria was a traitor to the USSR by seeking to re-establish capitalism in the constituent Soviet republics.

Lavrenti Beria

L.P. Beria, NKVD

Though unmercifully slandered by Khruschev and other revisionists following his ousting in June 1953, Lavrenti Beria remained one of the Soviet Union’s most energetic leaders carrying forth the banner of Marxism-Leninism-Stalinism.

Unfortunately, history has been slow to exonerate the legacy of L.P. Beria, including among man a Marxist with favorable views towards the Soviet Union.

But in considering Beria’s resume, it’s difficult to reconcile this irrational distaste (bordering on outright hatred) with the view of a man who committed his life to the building and construction of socialism first in his native Georgia, then Transcaucasia, and finally throughout the entire USSR.

It matters little that Beria has been subject to the routine vitriol from the foreign (and modern Russian) bourgeoisie. That much goes without saying, and is equally in line with the hostile attitudes dumped on J.V. Stalin and other Soviet leaders. However rotten Beria may appear in the pages of the bourgeoisie’s slanted and ideologically driven historiography, why then, and under what pretexts, does the Left continue to despise Lavrenti Beria?

Clearly, the accusations that Beria was an agent of foreign capitalist intelligence is absolutely ludicrous. Following Beria’s illegal seizure at the hands of Zhukov and other senior Soviet military officers at the behest of Khruschev et al., the conspirators began circulating these and other nasty rumors to justify their acting against a fellow comrade and Politburo member. Among the other charges leveled against Beria was the time-old accusation that he had served as a counter-intelligence agent for the Azeri nationalist Musavat Party.  But this accusation is also without merit, having been debunked as early as the 1920s by an investigation by the Communist Party of Transcaucasia; which found that Beria was in fact acting as a double agent for the Bolsheviks in pre-Soviet Georgia (nonetheless, the charge lived with Beria throughout his life).

The accusation that Beria attempted to undermine Soviet power following Stalin’s death is equally left wanting of hard evidence. The pragmatic moves to adjust and modify certain policies were representative of Beria’s overwhelming realism that predominated in his views of foreign, and to a large extent, internal affairs. His colleagues and later jailers accused Beria of attempting to restore capitalism – but that’s, again, is simply not true. Beria clearly understood that his own political fortunes were inextricably linked with socialism and the Soviet system – and that nothing he did would have ever enabled him to survive (politically, and possibly physically) if capitalism were restored. Beria’s actions then can best be understood by a realistic appreciation of the new challenges facing the Soviet Union following the death of its greatest leader, Josef Stalin.

For Beria, the policy changes pushed forth between the time of Stalin’s death and his arrest were a means of securing, not destabilizing, the Soviet Union. Beria, unlike many of his contemporaries, was able to appreciate that the loss of Stalin would signify a need to re-assert Soviet power in a different way, particularly in light of the changing dynamics following the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany at the conclusion of World War II and the rise in Western hostility and provocations marking the onset of the Cold War. True, many of Beria’s tendencies and activities following Stalin’s death may qualify him as a revisionist; but that’s, at the very least, disputable. What is unequivocally true, though, is that Beria was in no way, shape or form a traitor or counter-revolutionary.

Free Media Productions Staff @ May 21, 2010


10 Responses to “Rehabilitating Lavrenti Beria?”

  1. Kalle Bildhuggare Says:

    So if Berija was innocent, why did Kaminky disappear the day after that meeting 1937, “like a stone in a deep lake” as Chrustjev stated it in his book? Why?

    And why did Stalin kill all followers of Lenin first of all, after Lenins death? Trotsky he got first 1940.
    Was it because Lenin warned the party for Stalin in his last speech?

    And why did Churchill och his fellow Roosevelt support Stalin military? Just as the brits supported Hitler, by the royal Charles Edward? Why?

    Is it not true, that the british royals was so involved in the world war during the first half of the 1900′s, just because they feared that the workers organized themselves? Like they never had before?
    The “first” and “second” world war was nothing else than a “worker mincing-machine”. True or false?

    Georg V, Kaiser Wilhelm II, and tsar Nikolaij II… AND Charles Edward (queen Victorias man behind the Eutanasia projekt of Hitlers) were all true cousines. They were all TRUE COUSINES!
    And Stain was a georgian double agent for the same force, maybe the most efficient:
    It took Stalin 14 days to react on the nazi invasion. And 20 million workers of the Stalin controlled territory DIED in only that war.

    Tell me Stalin was a “communist” and you make everybody who can read books – rolling on floor laughing our behinds off.

  2. Batu Khan Says:

    Wow, what a load of crap Kalle. Stalin killed all of Lenin’s followers, starting, according to you, with Trotsky in 1940? When Trots make that accusation, they first refer to the purges beginning in 1936. You didn’t know about that? Next time do some reading before vomiting out bullshit like this.

    By the way, Stalin did not take 14 days to react to the invasion, he convened a war council the night of the invasion. This claim was made by Khruschev and later debunked by Zhukov among others, citing the Kremlin registers. Also, 25-27 million Soviet citizens died during the war.

    These mistakes really make your talk about reading books and rolling on the floor laughing pretty ironic.

  3. Besoshvili Says:

    LOL I wasn’t even going to respond to this rubbish – but the claim that Stalin was a [Georgian?} double agent (I think you mean Tsarist) is completely absurd. This claim gained ground in the West after the traitor Orlov defected and wrote his “tell-all” fairy tale alleging that Tukhachevsky and other members of the Soviet High Command had uncovered information “proving” Stalin’s complicity with the Okhrana, and were planning a military coup. Though there was reason to believe the latter was true, there has never been a single piece of material evidence indicating Stalin ever worked for the Okhrana or betrayed the Bolshevik Party. If it had been, you could be sure there would be extensive literature dedicated solely to this – especially among Western-bourgeois historiographers.

    And as for the rest, I don’t really see any point in attempting to refute the rantings and ravings of someone so incredibly uninformed.

  4. fed up Says:

    foolish

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  6. Ben Loreto Says:

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  7. Helena Says:

    Rehabilitating him is like rehabilitating Stalin for killing Lenin’s close men. It has nothing to do with freedom or honesty.

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