SMERSH

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SMERSHSmert' Shpionam (Soviet Army Counterintelligence, WWII)
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The names Beria and Abakumov are misspelled in the document as "Peria" and "Aga mubov." Viktor Semionovich Abakumov (1894-1954) headed the Main Directorate for Counterintelligence (Glavnoe Upravlenie Kontrrazvedki, or GUKR)--better known as SMERSH (smert' shpionam, or "death to spies")--from 1943 to 1946 and as minister of state security from 1946 to 1951.
2 SMERSH (acronym for "Smert' shpionam" or "Death to spies," apparently coined by Stalin himself) was set up in April 1943 ostensibly as a counterespionage organization to uncover subversion and sabotage, but it rapidly developed into a punitive organization intent on rooting out all opposition to Stalin's rule.