Ivan SEROV, Army general since 1955; executive USSR Minister of Defense official, since 1958. four Order of Lenin, 1940, 1945, 1952 and 1955; Order of Suvorov, Class I; 1944. Member, Communist Party, since 1926.
Serov, Ivan was born in 1905. Son of a peasant from a village in the Vologda Oblast’.
An active communist locally from the age of 21. Joined the Red Army, 1923. Attended a military school, then the Military Academy.
From 1939, in the NKVD. Until 1941, NKVD chief in the Ukraine, serving under Khrushchev (to whom he was close all his life). Personally responsible for the mass deportations and terror campaign in Western Ukraine, Western Belorussia and in Bessarabia before World War II. During and after World War II, 1st Deputy People’s Commissar (Deputy Minister) for State Security (NKGB), 1941-1954. According to some sources, involved in the mass murders of Polish POWs at Katyn’.
Supervised mass executions of prisoners in Soviet jails before the German advance. Organized mass deportations from the Baltic republics (both before and after the German occupation), and later, during World War II, the deportation of whole nations — Crimean Tatars, Kalmucks, Ingushis and Chechens accused of collaboration with the Germans. After World War II, deputy head of SMERSH. From 1945-1947, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Soviet Forces in.