Down the Discreditation Rabbit Hole

Down the Discreditation Rabbit Hole

Over the past few days an elaborate new on-line narrative has been gaining traction. It proposes that the death of George Floyd was a staged incident. Another claim is that Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who arrested George Floyd is not the person currently in police custody and that the police officer seen in the images is, rather, the actor Benjamin Ray Bailey.

Derek Chauvin vs. Benjamin Ray Bailey
Image 1: Sample content misidentifying Derek Chauvin as the actor Benjamin Ray Bailey

One likely explanation for why this story is being circulated is that it’s part of a disinformation campaign similar to those of the  Eric Ciaramella misidentification, Ilhan Omar at an Antifa riot, and Need a Nazi for a project.

Derek Chauvin vs. Benjamin Bailey
Image 2: The results of various video analytics on the images of Derek Chauvin and Benjamin Ray Bailey

Regardless of the rationale behind this publication, O fellow fish citizens: beware of the bait! Hopefully the following conclusive results will put this little conspiracy to rest. 

  1. The Person of Interest 1 F (POI-1 F) identified as Derek Chauvin in the police booking images matched within 99% certainty the image of the uniformed police officer seen in the video kneeling on George Floyd.
  2. POI-1 F matched within 99% certainty the image of POI-2 identified as Derek Chauvin in the police booking images. 
  3. The ear geometry of POI-1 S identified in the police booking images as Derek Chauvin matched the officer in uniform seen kneeling on George Floyd within 97% certainty. 
  4. The height of the officer seen kneeling on George Floyd is ~ 5’-9”.  This did not match the height of Benjamin Ray Bailey who is ~ 6’-6”.
  5. Benjamin Bailey’s image did not match the image of the officer in uniform seen kneeling on George Floyd.
  6. The ear geometry of Benjamin Bailey (OOI-2) did not match the ear geometry of OOI-1 in the image of POI-1 S identified in the police booking images as Derek Chauvin. 

Note on Image Sourcing:
All Derek Chauvin’s images were acquired from the following primary sources. All images were tested for deepfake content and post editing.

  1. Booking photos taken on on May 29, 2020, at the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office
  2. Booking photos taken on May 30, 2020, at the Hennepin County Jail
  3. Booking photos taken on May 31, 2020, at the Oak Park Minnesota Correctional Facility
  4. Minnesota beauty pageant competition footage recorded on June 23, 2018

What is a Discreditation Operation?
Information discreditation is a form of character assassination and black propaganda. It entails the deliberate production and publication of information that is either completely or partially false and the distribution of such misinformation on various on-line or print platforms. Soon after the misinformation starts showing up in derivative works and news feeds, or reaches a certain level of engagement, the fabricator will point out the false information and use it to attack the credibility of the individual(s) who referenced it. The end result is that the false information ends up discrediting the people who shared and used it. Fact checker organizations like Snopes.com and  Factcheck.org, are some of the largest producers of this type of content.

Samples of Discreditation content
Image 3
: Example of discreditation content currently in wide circulation 

The use of discreditation techniques can be illustrated via some of the QAnon affiliated user content on social media and how its being leveraged to censor conservative political speech. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube permit vile anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic, and pro-jihadi materials to circulate widely for months on their platforms (this is despite the fact that they have the AI to instantly intercept and block it). As these materials spread throughout various communities and gain traction, the platforms take note of the users that view it and then censor them on the grounds that they are affiliated with the conspiratorial materials.

As many conservative users have discovered over the past three years, they don’t have to post anything controversial to get banned. Their only crime is that they viewed ‘subversive’ materials (which ironically, at least some them are produced by US based progressive propagandists as bait). Suspiciously, these propagandist continue to operate on these platforms even after the legitimate users are banned.

Russian disinformation operation using QAnon
Image 4: A profile of a Russian US based influence operations on several QAnon associated social media channels

From Russia with love
Image 5: Sample content and members of one of several US based ‘progressive’ and Russian propaganda teams operating on QAnon affiliated Facebook, Twitter, and YouTub networks. Of interest is the “Putin personality cult” propaganda published by some operators in early-mid 2016, long before the QAnon movement started.

Interview with Rabbi Abraham Finkelstein
Image 6: Sample content distributed via a QAnon associated Facebook and YouTube networks. A radio Interview with a Rabbi Abraham Finkelstein (the photo is a repurposed image of an attorney named Kenneth Weinberg). This hoax interview was produced in 2001 by the James Wickstrom. In the interview, the fictitious New York Rabbi admits to murdering between 100K-300K children per year in the US in order to first use their blood to make Passover bread, and then sell their bodies to McDonalds so they can be made into burgers and sausages. This posting has been on YouTube since September 27, 2019. It has been viewed over 227K times and has 2,075 comments.

*** Update 06/12/2020 ***
Apparently, the current Derek Chauvin conspiracy theory has spawned another conspiracy theory which claims that George Floyd’s fiance, Courtney Ross, is actually Derek Chauvin. Running the analytics on her verified image shows that the image of Courtney does not match Chauvin on gender, age, nor facial features.

Courtney Ross vs. Derek Chauven
Image 7: The results of various video analytics comparing the images of Courtney Ross and Derek Chauven

*** Update 09/15/2020 ***

Jason Gelinas and QAnon
Image 8
: The mysterious case of Jason Gelinas, a Citigroup tech executive by day and a QAnnon administrator at night and weekends. Gelinas’s progressive linkages, social network, and on-line activity don’t match the early 2017 QAnon style and form. It is likely that the content that Gelinas is aggregating/generating on his Qmap.pub site is either a honeypot or a large scale discreditation operation in the style of ‘Trust Sessions

References and Sources
XRVision Sentinel AI Platform – Face recognition, image reconstruction, and object classification

Copyright 2020 Yaacov Apelbaum, All Rights Reserved.

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 2020

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

In the final year of English Civil War (1642-1651), Thomas Hobbes wrote in his book Leviathan:

“Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time of Warre, where every man is Enemy to every man; the same is consequent to the time, wherein men live without other security, than what their own strength, and their own invention shall furnish them withall. In such condition, there is no place for Industry; because the fruit thereof is uncertain: and consequently no Culture of the Earth; no Navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by Sea; no commodious Building; no Instruments of moving, and removing things as require much force; no Knowledge of the face of the Earth; no account of Time; no Arts; no Letters; no Society; and which is worst of all, continuall feare, and danger of violent death; And the life of man solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short.”   Leviathan, Chapter XIII – The Cost of War

Leviathan deals with the legitimacy of government and is one of the earliest treatises about the theory of social contracts. Hobbes observed that civil war and the brutal state of existence it creates (bellum omnium contra omnes–”the war of all against all”) can only be avoided with a strong central government.

The fundamental assertion of the social contract theory is that law and political order are not natural, but man-made. The political order that the social contract provides is a means to an end—it benefits the individuals who participate in the contract. But this contract also has a key condition; it is valid only when each party fulfills their part of the agreement. Hobbes argued that citizens are not obligated to submit to the government when its ineffective in suppressing anarchy.

The argument of a contractual relationship was also supported by other leading political theorists like John Locke, who argued that when the government systematically fails to secure the individual’s natural rights, citizens can withdraw their obligation to obey the government and defend themselves. Locke believed that personal natural rights were inalienable and came from G-d (i.e., the rights to life, liberty, and property), and were supreme to the government’s authority (which also applies to homicidal Covid-19 mandates).

The Ride Into the Sunset
Several years ago our family decided to drive Route 66. Instead of finishing at the Santa Monica Pier, we opted for the southerly route and took a left-turn in Arizona. I cranked up the radio and to the tune of It’s another Tequilas Sunrise, headed into the burning desert sunset; final destination: Tombstone. We chose this destination as an educational aid for the kids, because this long-forgotten dusty town holds one of the most important civic and practical political science lessons that every American citizen should learn.

Route 66
Image 2
: Destination Tombstone Arizona

On October 26, 1881, around 3:00 PM, two marshals and a deputy, stood up to the notorious Clanton gang in the small mining town of Tombstone, Arizona, and enforced the law that the local sheriff refused/was afraid to. The resulting shootout in THE alleyway next to the O.K. Corral Livery and Feed Company consisted of 30 rounds and lasted for about 30 seconds. This brief encounter became one of the most iconic gun fights in the west and has come to be known as “The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral”.

Gunfight location
Image 3: The map and site of the gunfight

Beyond the simple function of enforcing the law, the gunfight set in motion the doctrine that the US Marshal Service has operational authority everywhere in the US including state and local jurisdictions. It wasn’t by coincidence that when the service was looking for a visual to represent their mission, they chose the likeness of Wyatt Earp (one of marshals who fought in the gunfight) as a model for the “Frontier Marshal” statue.

Frontier Marshal The US Marshal Service Statue after Wyatt Earp
Image 4: Wyatt Earp as an inspiration for the US Marshall Service Statue the “Frontier Marshal”

Regardless of place and time, the manner in which lawlessness thrives and spreads is always the same. Prior to the gunfight in Tombstone, Waytt’s brother, Virgil, said the following about the influence that the Clanton gang extorted on the town:

“This [large sums of money] is one reason they [the Clanton gang] have so many friends in town. All that large class of degraded characters who gather the crumbs of such carouses stand ready to assist them out of any trouble or into any paying rascality…They spend their money free as water.” 

In like manner, the mayor of New York city, Bill de Blasio, with the help of his funders/backers from coalition of Red-Green Alliance, is the primary enabler of the flames of lawlessness and anarchy that now engulfs the city. Just like the local sheriff in Tombstone, he issues directives to the NYPD and DA not to arrest, release, and not persecute the Antifa and BLM gangs of rioters and their leaders.

de Blasio and his Muslim Brotherhood Network Support
Image 5: New York City mayor de Blasio and his little Muslim Brotherhood shindig and bottomless election funding source. MB affiliated US organizations fund and fully control front civil rights’ groups like BLM

After we got back home from our trip, I wanted to help our kids visualize Hobbes’s abstract idea of the government’s role in the social contract and defending our natural rights. We decided to build a display case with some 1881 vintage Tombstone memorabilia. We packed the case with the following items:

  1. A US Marshal badge – Provide consistent nationwide law enforcement standards  
  2. A pocket watch – Deliver justice promptly, as, “Justice delayed is justice denied” 
  3. A silver dollar – Allocate adequate resources for enforcement
  4. A newspaper clip – Not manipulate public opinion via media leaks 
  5. A sliver bar mined in Tombstone – Protect private property and enterprise 
  6. A Colt revolver – Protect the 2nd amendment and facilitate open carry gun laws
  7. A sand bottle – Own up to mistakes, power without accountably is like quicksand
  8. A Reference to Deuteronomy 10:20 – The bible as the foundation our legal system & rights

Tombstone 2020
Image 6: The moral of the “Gunfight at the O.K. Coral” story

Welcome to the Minneapolis Caliphate
We know that the Red-Green alliance is behind the riots and that they fully control BLM and related organizations like ANSWER and Antifa. On the surface, It may not be obvious, but what the alliance is trying to achieve has little to do with the much needed criminal justice system reforms. The real objective behind these riots is the creation of independent nation state enclaves styled after the one operated by the Nation of Islam in Chicago. In this vision of a domestic Liberia, these ‘autonomous zones’ will quickly expand into nearby neighborhoods, metastasizing and increase their size and political influence.

Due to the rapidly growing middle eastern and south American illegal immigrant population in many of our large cities, highly saturated ethnic centers such as LA, Dearborn, Minneapolis, Queens/Brooklyn are ripe for this takeover. The funding for the expansion and growth of these city-states already comes from organizations like Open Society Foundations and foreign sources such as Qatar and Turkey (through proxies like Mustafa Gulan), and south American drug cartels which have strategic interest in establishing bridgeheads in these locations.

If you think that this is some far fetched conspiracy theory, check out the city of Chicago. The west side is controlled by the narco cartels militias and the south side by the Nation of Islam’s fruit of Islam battalions (and some of their alter ego militias like the New Black Panther, Gangster Disciples, and Black Disciples). The Chicago PD doesn’t dare enter these enclaves because of the native’s superior fire power. The following causality stats illustrate just how these self-governed wild territories operate. Last week, between May 29 to June 1, 2020 (one weekend) Chicago had 85 shootings resulting in 24 people killed and 61 wounded. This is despite the fact that Chicago has one of the nation’s strictest gun laws. Not surprisingly, there were no BLM demonstrations in these locations in support of any of the 24 victims—many of which were innocent children and law abiding blacks.

The Fruit of Islam Militia
Image 7: The Fruit of Islam, the military arm of the Nation of Islam and one of its alter egos, the New Black Panther militia

What’s in the Cards?
The danger of allowing the ‘autonomous zone’ to spread is the precedent it will create in large urban areas like Minneapolis, Portland, and Seattle. AOC’s, Ilhan Omar’s, and Keith Ellison’s attacks on the police and their calls to defund it are just an opening gambit in this game.

The rationale for these actions is that once local and federal law enforcement is out of these neighborhoods, the local warlords would be able to form ‘Mogadishu style’ militias that will (depending on the ethnic makeup of the city-state) include either a foreign army of “cartel sicarios” or “jihadi brothers”. Once entrenched, the leadership will shake down the locals and make demands for millions of dollars in ‘protection fees’ from the state using the ‘no justice, no peace’ model.

Once this happens, we can kiss goodbye US jurisdiction in these locations. An attempt to enforce the law through basic functions like serving a warrant will turn into a full-blown military confrontation—a risk that no politician or police force would dare to undertake. By the time that someone in DC finally wakes up and decides that we need to re-raise the American flag over these territories, they would have to conduct a house-to-house battle of Iowa Jima style operation.

American German Bund and MCP
Image 8
: Brooklyn then and now: A Nazi German American Bund patrol beating up people in the 1930s vs. a Muslim Brotherhood Muslim Community Patrol (MCP) doing the same in 2018.

What’s to Be Done? Or as Comrade Lenin Said Chto Delat?
We already know the funding sources of the Red-Green Alliance and who their leaders, organizers, and activists are. The time has come for the feds to act now! Anyone related to these organizations should be prosecuted, including leading media figures, academics, high-tech executives, and politicians. All foreign citizens involved in these subversive activities should be promptly detained and tried as enemy combatants by military tribunals.

They shouldn’t have the benefit of access to our court system—where they can drag the process for years. Any foreigners who are even remotely affiliated with the subversive political activity—including foreign reporters/students/UN staff/diplomats—should have their visas promptly canceled and be deported/expelled. Finally, violent foreign demonstrators and rioters should be treated as Ex parte Quirin; non-uniformed enemy saboteurs.

Israel Adam Burns
Image 9
: The profile and linkage of Israel Adam Burns, a BLM leader and a leading New York civil rights attorney who called on live TV for the rioters to burn down the diamond district in Manhattan

This past week, New York and other US cities have come to resemble the lawless Tombstone on the eve of October 26, 1881. We are now effectively on the verge of civil war and the president should invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 and the Alien and Sedition Acts. He should also strictly enforce the Smith Act in order to above all protect life and personal property. 

Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman
Image 10
: Two Muslim Brotherhood soldiers and their political support network in action. Brooklyn attorneys Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman, executing a Molotov cocktail attack against the NYPD

The support of progressive politicians, governors, and mayors for the gangs of anarchists and rioters—who now, with complete impunity, attack the federal agents, police, and law-abiding citizens, tear down public monuments, and destroy private property—constitutes a dissolution of their social contract and their civil rights. Beyond the thin veneer of woke BLM activism, what we are really seeing here are foreign sponsored influence operations and paramilitary activities that are designed to topple the US government.

Hope Walz and Isra Hirsi Twitter Riot Support
Image 11: Hope Walz, the daughter of Minnesota governor Tim Walz, and Isra Hirsi, the daughter of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar actively supporting the rioters via real-time social media posts

Over the past four years, we’ve heard a lot of talk about the need to do away with the second amendment and ‘modernize’ the constitution. On December 7, 1915, President Wilson in his third address to congress said:

“I am sorry to say that the gravest threats against our national peace and safety have been uttered within our own borders.

There are citizens of the United States, I blush to admit, born under other flags but welcomed under our generous naturalization laws to the full freedom and opportunity of America, who have poured the poison of disloyalty into the very arteries of our national life; who have sought to bring the authority and good name of our government into contempt, to destroy our industries wherever they thought it effective for their vindictive purposes to strike at them, and to debase our politics to the uses of foreign intrigue. Their number is not great as compared with the whole number of those sturdy hosts by which our nation has been enriched in recent generations out of virile foreign stocks; but it is great enough to have brought deep disgrace upon us and to have made it necessary that we should promptly make use of processes of law by which we may be purged of their corrupt distempers.

…Such creatures of passion, disloyalty, and anarchy must be crushed out. They are not many, but they are infinitely malignant, and the hand of our power should close over them at once. They have formed plots to destroy property, they have entered into conspiracies against the neutrality of the government, they have sought to pry into every confidential transaction of the government in order to serve interests alien to our own. It is possible to deal with these things very effectually. I need not suggest the terms in which they may be dealt with.”

What we urgently need now is for the DOJ/FBI to take a short break form their political activism and incessantly blaming imaginary “white supremacists” for the violence and stand up in ‘Gunfight at the O.K Corral’ style to the anarchist mob and Red-Green Alliance gangs. In the meantime, we should all put our trust in G-d and keep our powder dry.

Kamala Harris riot funding
Image 12
: Kamala Harris fund raising for the riot industry

*** Update 06/8/202-06/11/2020 ***

The Seattle Antifa and BLM leadership has captured a 6 block area which they call the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone”. The roads leading into this area are blocked with barricades and protected by AR-15 and AK-47 armed militia. The police has abandoned their precinct station located in this zone.

In true character, The New York Times (a member of group of US newspapers registered as Chinese agents, who were paid > $19 millions to publish CCP propaganda) leads the campaign promoting the riots in Seattle. In an article published on June 11, 2020  titled: “Free Food, Free Speech and Free of Police: Inside Seattle’s ‘Autonomous Zone’”, Mike Baker presents the violent anarchy as progressive street performance art:

“What has emerged is an experiment in life without the police—part street festival, part commune. Hundreds have gathered to hear speeches, poetry and music. On Tuesday night, dozens of people sat in the middle of an intersection to watch 13th, the Ava DuVernay film about the criminal justice system’s impact on African-Americans. On Wednesday, children made chalk drawings in the middle of the street.”

Antifa and BLM self-declare Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone
Image 13: Antifa and BLM self-declared Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ)

Raz Simone The War Lord of CHAZ
Image 14: Solomon Samuel Simone AKA RAZ, one of the main arm suppliers in CHAZ delivering AR-15s and AK-47s from the trunk of his Tesla.

The Life of RAZ
Image 15: The profile and activity of RAZ, the warlord of CHAZ

RAZ's AK-47
Image 16: RAZ’s Bulgarian automatic AK-47, one of his handguns and some high capacity magazines

*** Update 07/3/2020 ***

Antifa and BLM militias are engaging in countrywide attacks against private property and peaceful individuals. They are also utilizing combat techniques such as explosives devices, Molotov cocktails, and high powered green lasers against law enforcement. The following is a sampling linkages of BLM, local gangs, and the Red Green Alliance leadership behind several riots in St. Louis.

Terrence Page a soldier with the Blue Umbrella BLM Militia
Image 17: Targeted attacks by the BLM Blue Umbrella militia and evidence that they are stockpiling hundreds of pounds of industrial strength fireworks and firearms

Ben Poremba
Image 18
: Ben Poremba, the profile of a white BLM promoter, his Muslim Brotherhood network, and linkages

Faizan Syed
Image 19: The linkages, political activity, and operational network of Faizan Sayed, an Executive Director with CAIR and promoter of BLM

Paid Protestors
Image 20: Payment records showing that the Open Society Foundations is funding a variety of violent Black Live ___ organizations and civil unrest in Ferguson since 2015

US Marshall Service under fireworks and laser attacks
Video 1: The US Marshall Service and police under firework and laser attacks at the Federal Courthouse In Portland by Antifa and BLM militias

References and Sources

Domestic Terror 2.0
The Fifth Column and the Pro-Iran Movement in the US
The Red-Green Alliance and the Real Devil of Mogadishu
Toxic Masculinity My Foot!
The New Black Panther militia

LEVIATHAN: Or, The Matter, Form and Power of a Commonwealth, Ecclesiastical and Civil

Abraham Lincoln – 1859 Notes for Speeches in Columbus and Cincinnati

Insurrection Act of 1807
Alien and Sedition Acts
Smith Act

The Gunfight Participants and the Outcome
The Law: Virgil Earp, Morgan Earp, Wyatt Earp, and Doc Holliday vs.
The Clanton Gang: Tom and Frank McLaury, Billy and Ike Clanton, and Billy Claiborne
The Outcome:Virgil and Morgan wounded, Holliday grazed by bullet; Ike Clanton ran from the gunfight, Tom McLaury, Frank McLaury, and Billy Clanton were killed.

Wyatt Earp and Josephine Marcus Grave
Image 21: Wyatt Earp’s and Josephine Marcus’s gravesite

Muslim fraternitati fieri delenda est!

Copyright 2020 Yaacov Apelbaum, All Rights Reserved.

John Brennan’s Final Letter

Comrade John O. Brennan 

Perhaps I should not write all this in my situation, but I would ask for your pardon. I am seeking your understanding, since you know me better than others. I only lived to think, together with you, on how to improve our country, powerful and glorious, of course, within the limits of my abilities. For me to think otherwise is simply beyond comprehension. Of course, after what has happened, I should be called strongly to order, directed to my place, and dressed down so that I would remember it to the end of my life.

But dear comrades, you should understand that I am a faithful soldier of our Motherland, a loyal son of the party of Lenin and Stalin and your loyal friend and comrade. Send me wherever you wish, to any kind of work, [even] a most insignificant one. See me out, I will be able to work ten more years and I will work with all my soul and with complete energy. I am saying this from the bottom of my heart, it is not true that since I have held a big post I would not be able to perform in a small position.

This can be easily proven in any region or area, in a Soviet farm, in a collective farm, on a construction site of our glorious Motherland. And you will see that in 2 to 3 years I will improve my behavior strongly and will be still of some use to you. I am to my last breath faithful to our beloved party and our government.

John O. Brennan, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Alright, I confess, I modified this letter slightly. It was actually written in 1953 by Lavrentiy Beria, the deposed head of the NKVD while he was awaiting trial. He was begging for forgiveness from the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Politburo.

I just substituted Beria’s name with John Brennan’s and voilà! The context fits perfectly: the job title, the communist party stooge role, the failed coup, the crocodile tears about the failure of the rule of law, the phony-baloney patriotic justification for his dirty deeds, and his willingness to take a ‘lesser’ job with CNN selling treason and pimping the Russian collusion narrative.

Tavorish Brennan, Beria would have been proud of you. The only question that I have for you comrade is: when your final moment comes, will you follow in the footsteps of Lavrentiy Beria and Nikolai Yezhov? Will you fall to your knees begging and sobbing or will you take Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata’s advice and for once in your life do the honorable thing?

Army Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata
Image 1: Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata’s advice

John Brennan calling all whistleblowers
Image 1: 2019 John Brennan practicing the fine art of sedition and treason

Sources and References
Letter from Lavrentiy Beria asking for the forgiveness of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Politburo – Wilson Center Digital Archive International History Declassified

Beria Lavrentiy Stalin's Architect of Terror

The Predator (Sourced from Wikipedia)
At Beria’s trial in 1953, it became known that he had committed numerous rapes during the years he was the NKVD chief. Simon Sebag-Montefiore, a biographer of Stalin, concluded the information “reveals a sexual predator who used his power to indulge himself in obsessive depravity.”

According to official testimony, in Soviet archives, of Colonel Rafael Semyonovich Sarkisov and Colonel Sardion Nikolaevich Nadaraia–two of Beria’s bodyguards–on warm nights during war II Beria was often driven around Moscow in his limousine. He would point out young women to be taken to his mansion, where wine and a feast awaited them. After dining, Beria would take the women into his soundproofed office and rape them. Beria’s bodyguards reported that their duties included handing each victim a flower bouquet as she left the house. Accepting it implied that the sex had been consensual; refusal would mean arrest. Sarkisov reported that after one woman rejected Beria’s advances and ran out of his office, Sarkisov mistakenly handed her the flowers anyway. The enraged Beria declared, “Now it’s not a bouquet, it’s a wreath! May it rot on your grave!” The NKVD arrested the woman the next day.

Women also submitted to Beria’s sexual advances in exchange for the promise of freedom for imprisoned relatives. In one case, Beria picked up Tatiana Okunevskaya, a well-known Soviet actress, under the pretense of bringing her to perform for the Politburo. Instead he took her to his dacha, where he offered to free her father and grandmother from prison if she submitted. He then raped her, telling her: “Scream or not, it doesn’t matter.” In fact Beria knew that Okunevskaya’s relatives had been executed months earlier. Okunevskaya was arrested shortly afterwards and sentenced to solitary confinement in the Gulag, which she survived.

Beria’s sexually predatory nature was well known to the Politburo, and though Stalin took an indulgent viewpoint (considering Beria’s wartime importance), he expressed distrust of Beria. In one instance, when Stalin learned his daughter Svetlana was alone with Beria at his house, he telephoned her and told her to leave immediately. When Beria complimented Alexander Poskrebyshev‘s daughter on her beauty, Poskrebyshev quickly pulled her aside and instructed her, “Don’t ever accept a lift from Beria.”After taking an interest in Marshal of the Soviet Union Kliment Voroshilov‘s daughter-in-law during a party at their summer dacha, Beria shadowed their car closely all the way back to the Kremlin, terrifying Voroshilov’s wife.

Before and during the war, Beria directed Sarkisov to keep a list of the names and phone numbers of his sexual encounters. Eventually, he ordered Sarkisov to destroy the list as a security risk, but Sarkisov retained a secret copy. When Beria’s fall from power began, Sarkisov passed the list to Viktor Abakumov, the former wartime head of SMERSH and now chief of the MGB – the successor to the NKVD. Abakumov was already aggressively building a case against Beria. Stalin, who was also seeking to undermine Beria, was thrilled by the detailed records kept by Sarkisov, demanding: “Send me everything this asshole writes down!” Sarkisov reported that Beria had contracted syphilis during the war, for which he was secretly treated (a fact Beria later admitted during his interrogation).The Russian government acknowledged Sarkisov’s handwritten list of Beria’s victims in 2003; the victims’ names will be released in 2028.

Evidence suggests that Beria murdered some of these women. In the mid 1990s, the skeletal remains of several young women were discovered in the garden of his Moscow villa (now the Tunisian Embassy).According to Martin Sixsmith, in a BBC documentary, “Beria spent his nights having teenagers abducted from the streets and brought here for him to rape. Those who resisted were strangled and buried in his wife’s rose garden.”

The testimony of Sarkisov and Nadaraia has been partially corroborated by Edward Ellis Smith, an American who served in the U.S. embassy in Moscow after the war. According to historian Amy Knight, “Smith noted that Beria’s escapades were common knowledge among embassy personnel because his house was on the same street as a residence for Americans, and those who lived there saw girls brought to Beria’s house late at night in a limousine.”

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