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Master of the HouseStalin and His Inner Circle$
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Oleg V. Khlevniuk

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300110661

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300110661.001.0001

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Terror and Conciliation 1935–1936

Terror and Conciliation 1935–1936

(p.127) 4 Terror and Conciliation 1935–1936
Master of the House

Oleg V. Khlevniuk

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses changes in the makeup and activities of the Politburo, as well as political trends following Sergei Kirov's murder, which Stalin used as an excuse to eliminate his former political opponents—the leaders and members of the opposition movements active in the 1920s and early 1930s. Between 1935 and 1938 a large number of oppositionists were destroyed. In almost every case, the accusations of terror leveled against them included allegations of involvement in plans to kill Kirov.

Keywords:   Stalin, Politburo, Sergei Kirov, balance of power, Stalinist policies

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