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31 August 1941
Marina Tsvetaeva , poet and playwright, hanged herself in the small town of Elabuga, USSR, either during or just after she was visited by agents of the NKVD or People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs...
23 December 1953
On orders from Nikita Krushchev , Lavrenty Beria (former head of Stalin 's NKVD ) was shot dead in secret by a firing squad. He was cremated and his ashes dispersed by a fan.