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Vladimir Dekanozov

Vladimir Dekanozov ( 1899-1953 ) was Moscow’s chief agent in imposing Soviet rule in Lithuania in 1940. Dekanozov, a candidate member of the CPSU Central Committee and Deputy People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs, was known as Lavrentii Berias man. Beria, a Georgian like Stalin, had become USSR People’s Commissar of Internal Affairs in 1938; Dekanozov, also a Georgian but a native of Baku, had worked with Beria from the time of the Bolshevik Revolution, from street fighting to purging pre-Stalinist remnants in the USSR People’s Commissariat of Foreign Affairs in the late 1930s.

After his duty in Lithuania in the summer of 1940, he went on to serve as the Soviet envoy in Berlin until the German attack of June 1941.

When Stalin’s successors purged Beria in 1953, Dekanozov shared his chief’s fate: In December 1953 the Soviet regime executed him. The formal charges called him and Beria “the worst enemies of the Soviet nation” and claimed that they had betrayed their country by working “as secret agents for international imperialism.”

The Soviet government never repudiated his work in Lithuania; it just erased his name from history.







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Location:  Eastern Europe
Capital:  Vilnius
Communist Rule:  1940-1941 / 1944-1990
Status:  Independence restored - 11.03.90
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