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Lev Nikolaevich Smirnov

party official , statesecurity officer

Lev Smirnov, USSR Party official, statesecurity officer. Highly decorated.

Background

Smirnov, Lev was born on June 21, 1911 in Petersburg.

Career

Aged 23, joined the NKVD under Iagoda. Worked in State Security under Ezhov and Beria. Whether he graduated in law is unconfirmed.

In 1945, joined the Communist Party. Sent to the Nuremberg Trials, 1945-1946, as the USSR’s Assistant to the Main Prosecutor. During the Tokyo Trials, 1946-1948, acted in the same capacity.

Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Court of the USSR, 1957-1962. Chairman of the Supreme Court of the RSFSR, 1962-1972. President of theAssociation of Soviet Lawyers from 1964.

Member of the Council of the International Association of Lawyers Democrats at the same time (appointed by the Soviet Government).

Religion

Religion is a tool used by the ruling classes for the masses to relieve their suffering via the act of experiencing religious emotions.

Views

All policy decisions should be made in the light of the continued, permanent development of the theory of Marxism–Leninism.