On this date, December 23, 1953, the NKVD Chief, Lavrentiy Beria and six of his henchmen were executed by firing squad in Moscow, Russia. I will post information about one of Beria’s most trusted henchmen, Bogdan Kobulov from Wikipedia.
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Bogdan Kobulov (Богда́н Заха́рович Кобу́лов) (1 March 1904 – 23 December 1953) was a Soviet politician and member of the Soviet security and police apparatus during and briefly after the Joseph Stalin years, as was his younger brother Amayak Zaharovich Kobulov.
Kobulov was born in Tbilisi the son of an ethnic Armenian tailor. He joined the OGPU in 1931 and became one of Beria's closest associates.
He was a candidate member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party (18th & 19th Congresses), and was Deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of the second convocation.
He held a series of senior posts in the NKVD, the Soviet secret police, and was the most trusted henchman of the NKVD chief Lavrentiy Beria. As head of the Investigative Directorate of the NKVD from December 22, 1938 to September 4, 1939, he was one of the major organizers of the political terror. He subsequently headed the Economic Directorate until 1941.
At the fall of Lavrentiy Beria, Kobulov was arrested along with his boss on June 27, 1953; he was convicted on multiple charges, including espionage, and sentenced to death and executed on December 23, 1953.