- n Soviet chief of secret police under Joseph Stalin; was executed by his associates in the power struggle following Stalin's death (1899-1953)
- Vladimir Putin in guardian.co.uk
Mr Putin said on national television that the arrests were "a sign of the political legacy of Lavrenty Pavlovich Beria".
- Richard Branson in RedOrbit
But Branson said: "BA-AA and I beria would be unacceptably dominant, with nearly half of all of the slots at Heathrow, leaving competitors powerless to take them on."