Lazar Kogan

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Lazar Iosifovich Kogan (Russian: Ла́зарь Ио́сифович Ко́ган) (1899—March 3, 1939) was a Soviet secret police (Cheka, OGPU, NKVD) high functionary. He was the son of a wealthy Jewish merchant.[1] Kogan joined the Communist Party in 1918, his major positions include chief of the GULAG (1930-1932), deputy chief of the GULAG (1932-1936), deputy Narkom of Forest Industry (1936-1937). He was arrested on 31 January 1938. While imprisoned, he wrote several repentance letters to Yezhov, then to Beria, he was nonetheless sentenced to death and shot on 3 March 1939. He was rehabilitated in 1956.[2]


  1. ^ "Коган Л.И." at, citing book: KI Zaleski Who's who in the NKVD. M. .1999. (in Russian)
  2. ^ "Коган Лазарь Иосифович" at, citing book: В.Абрамов. "Евреи в КГБ. Палачи и жертвы." М., Яуза - Эксмо, 2005 (in Russian)