The Politburo's Last Purge

Yoram Gorlizki and Oleg V. Khlevniuk

in Cold Peace

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195165814
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788811 | DOI:
 The Politburo's Last Purge

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the Leningrad and Gosplan Affairs of 1949. Although, in many respects, aberrations in the postwar period — these were the only occasions on which a Politburo member was expelled and senior politicians executed — it is argued that Stalin's charges, though contrived, did rest on a rational basis. In addition to demonstrating that it was Stalin who orchestrated these affairs, the chapter describes how he took action to fill the vacancies created by these scandals and reestablish a balance within the leadership.

Keywords: Stalin; Leningrad Affair; Gosplan Affair; Politburo; leadership; Zhdanov; Molotov; Mikoian

Chapter.  12370 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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