Foreward: I am aware that while not impossible/ASB, Beria succeeding Stalin at all feels unlikely. I am also aware that if anyone in Stalinist Russia is more evil than the man himself, it's Beria. This is more asking what would he do in a certain situation/what if someone replaced Stalin. Let's say that shortly before the end of Operation Barbarossa, Christmas 1941 to be exact, Stalin feels like celebrating but after he's had one too many vodkas he somehow has a heart attack and dies. Lavrentiy Beria someone manages to succeed Stalin. How would he deal with the rest of WWII compared to Stalin? What would he try to accomplish with the eventual victory?