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 (bĕr′ē-ə), 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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(ˈbɛrɪə; Russian ˈbjerijə)
(Biography) Lavrenti Pavlovich (laˈvrjentij ˈpavləvitʃ). 1899–1953, Soviet chief of secret police; killed by his associates shortly after Stalin's death
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(ˈbɛr i ə)

n. Lavrenti Pavlovich,
1899–1953, Soviet secret-police chief.
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Noun1.Beria - 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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