Head of the NKVD (Interior ministry), July 1945-March 1953 and Committee for State Security. June 1953-March 1954. After the war. awarded many of the highest Western awards for his contribution to victory in World War II. After Beria’s fall, practically the only member of the old secret-police leadership who survived and helped to adapt the security system to the new party leadership.
Replaced by Serov.