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Cold PeaceStalin and the Soviet Ruling Circle, 1945–1953$
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Yoram Gorlizki and Oleg V. Khlevniuk

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195165814

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165814.001.0001

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The Politburo's Last Purge

The Politburo's Last Purge

(p.69) 3 The Politburo's Last Purge
Cold Peace

Yoram Gorlizki (Contributor Webpage)

Oleg V. Khlevniuk

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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

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