The shadow of the Kremlin

Sabine Dullin

in Men of Influence

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780748622191
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651290 | DOI:
The shadow of the Kremlin

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In July 1936, Litvinov celebrated his sixtieth birthday and was honoured on this occasion with the order of Lenin. He received numerous telegrams of congratulation, a large number of people wrote articles about him and a biography was published praising him as ‘a man who fought for peace’ and who combined the ‘typical Bolshevik characteristics of American know-how and Russian revolutionary fervor’. However, to him, celebratory notices in the press sometimes seem like obituaries. This was not far from the truth. The purges were about to begin, hastening his political decline and the takeover of diplomatic functions by the leadership. This chapter describes the cataclysm of the purges and how Stalin and his group take control of diplomacy.

Keywords: Stalin; Litvinov; order of Lenin; diplomacy; Russia

Chapter.  14077 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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