Maslennikov, Ivan Ivanovich

   An important soldier and Chekist, Maslennikov joined the Red Army at age 18 and the Cheka in 1928. For the next 25 years, he moved between the military formations of the security service and the military. In the months before Operation Barbarossa, Maslennikov provided Joseph Stalin with hundreds of reports of German preparations for war. Like other reports available to the leader, they were ignored. During World War II, Maslennikov commanded major army units. He was made a general of the army in 1945. Following the war, he served as deputy minister of internal affairs for combat troops. He survived the first purge of Lavrenty Beria’s lieutenants in 1953. When later threatened with arrest, he committed suicide in April 1954.

Historical dictionary of Russian and Soviet Intelligence. . 2014.

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