|The Man With the Iron Heart|
POD: May 29, 1942;
Relevant POD: May, 1945
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Nationality:||Russian SSR, Soviet Union|
|Military Branch:||Red Army (World War II)|
Vlasov shared his last name with notorious traitor Andrei Vlasov, the Soviet general who defected to the Nazis during World War II. The two men were not related, although this counted for little given the blanket of suspicion the Soviets lived under. Consequently, Yuri Vlasov did his best to prove himself a loyal citizen of the Soviet Union, sometimes to the detriment of his subordinates. For example, when Vladimir Bokov and Moisei Shteinberg came to Vlasov in July 1947 with a proposal to share a lead on the location of Reinhard Heydrich with their American counterparts, Vlasov immediately vetoed it.
After the GFF flew an American C-47 into the Berlin courthouse before certain German leaders were to be tried for war crimes, the two NKVD men returned to Vlasov. This time they threatened that they would go to Lavrenty Beria himself. Vlasov agreed to the exchange.