Perhaps I should not write all this in my situation, but I would ask for your pardon. I am seeking your understanding, since you know me better than others. I only lived to think, together with you, on how to improve our country, powerful and glorious, of course, within the limits of my abilities. For me to think otherwise is simply beyond comprehension. Of course, after what has happened, I should be called strongly to order, directed to my place, and dressed down so that I would remember it to the end of my life.
But dear comrades, you should understand that I am a faithful soldier of our Motherland, a loyal son of the party of Lenin and Stalin and your loyal friend and comrade. Send me wherever you wish, to any kind of work, [even] a most insignificant one. See me out, I will be able to work ten more years and I will work with all my soul and with complete energy. I am saying this from the bottom of my heart, it is not true that since I have held a big post I would not be able to perform in a small position.
This can be easily proven in any region or area, in a Soviet farm, in a collective farm, on a construction site of our glorious Motherland. And you will see that in 2 to 3 years I will improve my behavior strongly and will be still of some use to you. I am to my last breath faithful to our beloved party and our government.
John O. Brennan, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Alright, I confess, I modified this letter slightly. It was actually written in 1953 by Lavrentiy Beria, the deposed head of the NKVD while he was awaiting trial. He was begging for forgiveness from the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Politburo.
I just substituted Beria’s name with John Brennan’s and voilà! The context fits perfectly: the job title, the communist party stooge role, the failed coup, the crocodile tears about the failure of the rule of law, the phony patriotic justification for his dirty deeds, and his willingness to take a ‘lesser’ job with CNN selling treason and promoting Russian collusion.
Тавориш Бреннан, Берия гордился бы тобой. Единственный вопрос, который у меня к вам, товарищ, такой: когда наступит ваш последний момент, пойдете ли вы по стопам Лаврентия Берии и Николая Ежова? Вы упадете на колени умолять и рыдать, или возьмешь Брига. Совет генерала Энтони Тата, и хоть раз в жизни сделать благородное дело?
Sources and References
Letter from Lavrentiy Beria asking for the forgiveness of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Politburo – Wilson Center Digital Archive International History Declassified
The Predator (Sourced from Wikipedia)
At Beria’s trial in 1953, it became known that he had committed numerous rapes during the years he was the NKVD chief. Simon Sebag-Montefiore, a biographer of Stalin, concluded the information “reveals a sexual predator who used his power to indulge himself in obsessive depravity.”
According to official testimony, in Soviet archives, of Colonel Rafael Semyonovich Sarkisov and Colonel Sardion Nikolaevich Nadaraia–two of Beria’s bodyguards–on warm nights during war II Beria was often driven around Moscow in his limousine. He would point out young women to be taken to his mansion, where wine and a feast awaited them. After dining, Beria would take the women into his soundproofed office and rape them. Beria’s bodyguards reported that their duties included handing each victim a flower bouquet as she left the house. Accepting it implied that the sex had been consensual; refusal would mean arrest. Sarkisov reported that after one woman rejected Beria’s advances and ran out of his office, Sarkisov mistakenly handed her the flowers anyway. The enraged Beria declared, “Now it’s not a bouquet, it’s a wreath! May it rot on your grave!” The NKVD arrested the woman the next day.
Women also submitted to Beria’s sexual advances in exchange for the promise of freedom for imprisoned relatives. In one case, Beria picked up Tatiana Okunevskaya, a well-known Soviet actress, under the pretense of bringing her to perform for the Politburo. Instead he took her to his dacha, where he offered to free her father and grandmother from prison if she submitted. He then raped her, telling her: “Scream or not, it doesn’t matter.” In fact Beria knew that Okunevskaya’s relatives had been executed months earlier. Okunevskaya was arrested shortly afterwards and sentenced to solitary confinement in the Gulag, which she survived.
Beria’s sexually predatory nature was well known to the Politburo, and though Stalin took an indulgent viewpoint (considering Beria’s wartime importance), he expressed distrust of Beria. In one instance, when Stalin learned his daughter Svetlana was alone with Beria at his house, he telephoned her and told her to leave immediately. When Beria complimented Alexander Poskrebyshev‘s daughter on her beauty, Poskrebyshev quickly pulled her aside and instructed her, “Don’t ever accept a lift from Beria.”After taking an interest in Marshal of the Soviet Union Kliment Voroshilov‘s daughter-in-law during a party at their summer dacha, Beria shadowed their car closely all the way back to the Kremlin, terrifying Voroshilov’s wife.
Before and during the war, Beria directed Sarkisov to keep a list of the names and phone numbers of his sexual encounters. Eventually, he ordered Sarkisov to destroy the list as a security risk, but Sarkisov retained a secret copy. When Beria’s fall from power began, Sarkisov passed the list to Viktor Abakumov, the former wartime head of SMERSH and now chief of the MGB – the successor to the NKVD. Abakumov was already aggressively building a case against Beria. Stalin, who was also seeking to undermine Beria, was thrilled by the detailed records kept by Sarkisov, demanding: “Send me everything this asshole writes down!” Sarkisov reported that Beria had contracted syphilis during the war, for which he was secretly treated (a fact Beria later admitted during his interrogation).The Russian government acknowledged Sarkisov’s handwritten list of Beria’s victims in 2003; the victims’ names will be released in 2028.
Evidence suggests that Beria murdered some of these women. In the mid 1990s, the skeletal remains of several young women were discovered in the garden of his Moscow villa (now the Tunisian Embassy).According to Martin Sixsmith, in a BBC documentary, “Beria spent his nights having teenagers abducted from the streets and brought here for him to rape. Those who resisted were strangled and buried in his wife’s rose garden.”
The testimony of Sarkisov and Nadaraia has been partially corroborated by Edward Ellis Smith, an American who served in the U.S. embassy in Moscow after the war. According to historian Amy Knight, “Smith noted that Beria’s escapades were common knowledge among embassy personnel because his house was on the same street as a residence for Americans, and those who lived there saw girls brought to Beria’s house late at night in a limousine.”
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