The granddaughter of General of the army and the first head of the KGB Ivan Serov sued the “Echo of Moscow” and historian Boris Sokolov for “defaming the memory of his grandfather”. This was reported in his Twitter chief editor of the radio station Alexei Venediktov.

The “Amateurs”, as referred to in the claim, was released on July 14. Presenter Vitaly Dymarsky and historian Boris Sokolov discussed the book “Ivan Serov. Notes from a suitcase”, which is based on diary entries of the Serov.

During the meeting, Sokolov said that he “has doubts about the authenticity of this document. In his opinion, the records could be made then to Serov do not have a relationship”. According to the historian, this “ideological order” in order to rehabilitate the image of the head of the KGB.

“He became famous, first of all, arrests, executions, deportations, what he mainly did in his KGB career, he was cleaning the Ukraine 39-41-m, shot with the same poles not only in Katyn and Kharkov. Then deport all the Nations: there the Germans and the Chechens, and Crimean Tatars, and almost all”, – said Sokolov.

As noted Мeduza, Ivan Serov (1905-1990) was the first Chairman of the Committee for state security held the post from 1954 to 1958). In 1939-1941 years he was people’s Commissar of internal Affairs of the Ukrainian SSR and took part in the annexation of Western Ukraine. During the great Patriotic war he was Deputy of the NKVD and one of the organizers of the deportation of peoples of the North Caucasus. Since 1958 he headed the GRU, but in 1963, shortly after the allegations of GRU officer Oleg Penkovsky with espionage in favor of the US and the UK, was demoted from the post of General of the army to major General. He was then deprived of the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

Diaries of Serov were found in the cache on Rublevsky cottage

The book “Notes from a suitcase. The secret diaries of the Chairman of the KGB,
found 25 years after his death,” based on the diaries of Ivan Serov, was released in the publishing house “Enlightenment” in June. As he wrote , “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”, Serov kept a diary since coming to the Lubyanka in 1939, the most important events recorded life: and the war, and after, and even becoming the head of the KGB and the GRU – up to dismissal in 1963.

About these diaries, no one was supposed to know. The fact of the reflection of certain aspects of the service, meetings and conversations with higher authorities, including Stalin, could be equated with disclosure of state secrets. During the war, for the conduct of officers of the diaries relied, the Tribunal and the penal battalion. It is no coincidence that none of the heads of security bodies of the era did not leave behind memoirs, notes the WP.

Died General on 1 July 1990, did not live a month and a half before his
The 85th anniversary. In 2012, his cottage on the ruble passed by inheritance to
granddaughter Serov Faith, which started a repair garage at the cottage. Demolishing
interior walls, builders found a stash two suitcases.

“During repairs in the garage, we found three immured in the wall
suitcase. They were chock full of manuscripts. More than a year
it took to scan the archive,” said Serova “Moskovsky Komsomolets”. In the preparation of the book was attended by former journalist, United Russia Deputy Alexander Khinshtein. In the output, it appears the editor of the book, he made comments to her.

In the diaries, in particular, described by a single trip of Stalin on
the front in 1943, which is kept secret from his security prepared Serov, they
a refutation of myths about the miraculous salvation of Hitler.

On “Echo of Moscow” sued for “defaming the memory” of the first head of the KGB 03.10.2016

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