Cold Peace: Stalin and the Soviet Ruling Circle, 1945-1953 by Yoram Gorlizki

By Yoram Gorlizki

Within the interval from the tip of worldwide conflict II till his dying, Stalin turned an more and more distrustful despot. He habitually picked on and humiliated individuals of his internal circle, had them guarded round the clock, had their correspondence decoded by means of mystery police, bugged the traces of even his so much senior deputies, or even drove a number of to the purpose of publicly betraying their spouses so as to end up their allegiance. This publication argues that Stalin's habit was once no longer completely paranoid and erratic yet a transparent political good judgment. The authors contend that his process of management was once right away either modern-Stalin vested authority in committees, increased more youthful experts, and made key institutional innovations-and patrimonial-repressive, casual, and in accordance with own loyalty. continuously, Stalin's objective was once to make the USSR an international energy and, notwithstanding the rustic teetered at the fringe of violence in this interval of acute family and overseas strain, he succeeded in attaining superpower prestige and in conserving directly to strength regardless of his outdated age and in poor health well-being. in accordance with the latest archival fabric on hand, together with own correspondence, drafts of relevant Committee bureaucracy, new memoirs, and interviews with former functionaries and the households of Politburo participants, this e-book will entice all these attracted to Soviet heritage, political historical past, and the biographies of dictators.

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A. Khu­ diakov, commander of the Twelfth Air Division, served as a key witness, testifying against a large number of generals and leading officials from the aviation industry, among them Shakhurin. “Our investigation of the work of the Air Force and complaints from front-line pilots over the low quality of our planes,” Stalin wrote on 11 April 1946, “have brought us to the conclusion that the former Commissar for Aviation Industry Shakhurin, who delivered planes for the front, and the former chief engineer of the Air Force, Repin, and his subordinate, Seleznev, who accepted these planes, had struck a deal the aim of which .

I regard the publication of Churchill’s eulogy of Russia and of Stalin to be a mistake,” Stalin wrote 20   to the quartet on 10 November. “All this is necessary to Churchill so that he may still his unclear conscience and mask his hostile intentions toward the USSR. . We have among us a number of leading workers who are sent into foolish raptures by praise from the Churchills, the Trumans, and the Byrneses and, conversely, sink into depression after unfavorable com­ mentaries by these gentlemen.

Malenkov first took up a major post in 1934, when he became head of the department of leading party agencies at the Central Commit­ tee. Five years later, in 1939, he became party Secretary, head of the cadres administration, and a member of the Central Committee. Beria had become First Secretary of the Transcaucasian regional party committee in 1932 and a member of the Central Committee in 1934. He moved to Moscow in 1938, first becoming deputy Commissar of Internal Affairs in August and then commissar in November.

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