Iosif Pavlovich Beria

This file has been designated INACTIVE by the Records and Security Administration, following the confirmed death of the subject on 20 May 1967.

Person-of-Interest File

Name: Iosif Pavlovich Beria
File Status: Inactive
Date of Last File Update: 11 October 1988

Special Contact Protocols: None. Subject is deceased.


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Iosif Pavlovich Beria

Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 29 March 1905
Date of Death: 20 May 1967
Nationality: Georgian
Hair: Grey (originally black)
Eyes: Brown
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Decorations/Honors: (All were rescinded after his death.)

  • Order of the Red Banner of the Georgian SSR (1928)
  • Order of the Red Banner of Labour of the Georgian SSR (1936)
  • Order of Red Banner of Labour of the Azerbaijani SSR (1937)
  • Five Orders of Lenin (1935, 1945, 1953, 1960, and 1965)
  • Order of the Red Banner, three times (1929, 1942 and 1954)
  • Hero of Socialist Labour (1943)
  • Order of the Red Banner of Labour of the Armenian SSR (1951)
  • Order of Suvorov, 1st class (1954)

Profession: Career KGB officer
Academic History:

  • [Unknown]

Language Proficiency: Georgian (Native), Russian (Fluent), English (Rudimentary)

Recruitment Prospects: None
Affiliations with Groups-of-Interest: Worked in the Thirteenth Chief Directorate of the KGB from its inception (as the OGPU's Spetzotis in 1925) until his death in 1967, serving as the KGB Deputy Chairman responsible for the Directorate from 1953-1967.
Threat Level: Severe; individual is overtly hostile to the Foundation and its interests, and actively seeks to weaponize anomalies for Soviet use.

Profile: Younger brother to the more (in)famous Lavrentiy Beria, Iosif Pavlovich spent most of his adult life working in the organization that would eventually become known as the Thirteenth Chief Directorate of the KGB. Little information is available regarding Beria's life until the Second World War, during which he served with distinction in the NKVD in Podlogistan. There are unconfirmed reports that Beria destroyed most records of his earlier years after his ascension to the KGB Deputy Chairmanship for the Thirteenth Chief Directorate in 1953, up to and including the removal of all reference to his existence in his brother's biography.

Like both of his fellow Georgians in high Soviet office (Stalin and Lavrentiy Beria), Iosif Beria was known for spectacular cruelty and ruthlessness. Despite his relationship with his brother and association with Stalin, Beria was able to retain his position in the Soviet intelligence apparatus through de-Stalinization because of his control over various dangerous artifacts and anomalies.

Beria was finally removed from his position by newly-appointed KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov in 1967, who subsequently ordered his execution by firing squad.

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