Ivan Serov

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Ivan Serov
Ivan Serov, 1962
Leader of O.R.P - Pravo
Date of Birth13 August 1905
Place of BirthAfimskoye, Kadnikovsky Uyezd, Vologda Governorate, Russian Empire
Age at start56 years old
Nationality Russian
RoleParty Leader
Political PartyO.R.P - Pravo
Ideology Ordosocialism

Ivan Alexandrovich Serov (born 13 August 1905) is a politician and potential leader of Komi, as well as a Russian unifier. Serov served in the NKVD before the second world war, and became part of the Passionariyy Organization as an independent politician. He espouses the ideals of Ordosocialism, which combines Soviet socioeconomic doctrine with extreme Russian ethnonationalism, treating the bourgeoise, ethnic minorities and political dissidents with extreme prejudice. If he unifies Russia, he will lead it as the Russian National Soviet Republic, a totalitarian ultranationalist state with a completely centrally planned economy.

In-Game Description[edit | edit source]

Ivan Alexandrovich Serov is a man to which the term 'former' has often - and correctly - been applied. Former friend and political ally of Mikhail Suslov. Former supporter of orthodox Marxism-Leninism. And, now, former political contender. For having established firm control over the state as a whole, he is now in a position to determine its future.

That future is his own vision of the political philosophy of so-called 'Ordosocialism' - an eclectic mixture of far-left socialism and far-right nationalism, and one where Russian exceptionalism, in many fields and areas, is strongly emphasized. Although considered an inherent oxymoron by many, Serov is firmly committed, as least ostensibly, to ensuring its representation within the policies of the state.

Though none can say with certainty what the positions he intends to take will be, it can be reasonably expected that, under the tenets of Ordosocialism, they will include the formation of a strong authoritarian state, a dramatic increase in military expenditures, a rise in revanchist propaganda, and aggressive approaches to territorial expansion.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

In OTL, Ivan Serov was a Soviet intelligence officer who served as NKVD Commissar of the Ukrainian SSR from 1939 to 1941 and Deputy Commissar of the NKVD under Lavrentiy Beria from 1941 to 1954. Rising to the role of Chairman of the KGB from March 1954 to December 1958 and Director of the GRU from December 1958 to February 1963, he would become one of the most powerful men in the Soviet Union.

As Deputy Commissar of the NKVD, Serov was active in organizing NKVD activities against anti-Soviet forces during the Soviet Invasion of Poland and World War II, including the Katyn massacre. Subsequently, during the occupation of the Baltic States, Serov issued the Serov Instructions and helped organize the mass deportations of people from Poland, Baltic states and the Caucasus.

Serov would help establish secret police forces in the Eastern Bloc after the war and played an important role in suppressing the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

However, he would not stay in his role for long, as he was removed from power in 1963 when his protégé Oleg Penkovsky was exposed as a double agent. As punishment, Serov was stripped of his position, Communist Party membership and Hero of the Soviet Union award in 1965, and lived in obscurity until his death in 1990.