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Jānis K. Bērziņš

Yan Karlovich Berzin

Jānis Bērziņš also Yan Karlovich Berzin (Russian: Ян Карлович Берзин; real name Pēteris Ķuzis; 25 November [O.S. 13 November 1889] 1889–29 July 1938), was a Soviet communist politician.


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External links

  1. ^ Suvorov, Viktor, Inside Soviet Military Intelligence, New York: Macmillan (1984)
  2. ^ Suvorov, Viktor, Inside Soviet Military Intelligence, New York: Macmillan (1984)
  3. ^ Suvorov, Viktor, Inside Soviet Military Intelligence, New York: Macmillan (1984)
  4. ^ Agent: Sorge, Richard
  5. ^ David J. Nordlander, "Origins of a Gulag Capital: Magadan and Stalinist Control in the Early 1930s," Slavic Review, Vol. 57, No. 4 (Winter, 1998), pp. 791-812
  6. ^ FBI Report, "Owen Lattimore, Internal Security - R, Espionage - R," September 8, 1949 ( FBI File: Owen Lattimore, Part 1A), p. 2 (PDF p. 7)
  7. ^ Herbert Romerstein and Eric Breindel, The Venona Secrets: Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors (Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, 2000), ISBN 0895262754, p. 119


Berzin appears in the Venona decrypts under the code name "Starik" (Russian for "Old man").[7]

On 14 December 1948, Alexander Barmine, former chargé d'affaires at the Soviet Embassy in Athens, Greece, advised Federal Bureau of Investigation agents that Berzin informed him prior to Barmine's 1937 defection that Owen Lattimore, head of the U.S. Office of War Information in the Pacific during World War II, was a Soviet agent.[6]

Although a staunch supporter of Joseph Stalin, he was nonetheless arrested on May 13, 1938 during Stalin's purge and was a defendant in the Moscow show trials. On July 29, 1938 he was shot in the cellars of the Lubyanka headquarters on the orders of Stalin.[5]

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