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Practicing StalinismBolsheviks, Boyars, and the Persistence of Tradition$
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J. Arch Getty

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300169294

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300169294.001.0001

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Stalin and the Clans II

Stalin and the Clans II

Who Can Vote? Who Can Shoot?

(p.206) 7 Stalin and the Clans II
Practicing Stalinism

J. Arch Getty

Yale University Press

Before 1937, Soviet elections were rigged: one candidate for one seat. The Stalin Constitution of 1936 produced a new electoral system in which elections to soviets were to be universal, equal, direct, and secret with multiple candidates for each position. However, aside from public relations or the possible democratization of the system, the constitution had serious domestic political effects as well. Whatever he thought about democratization, Stalin saw the new constitution as a weapon in his struggle with the regional nobles. The chapter asks: who was to win the battle, Stalin or the regional barons?

Keywords:   Soviet elections, electoral system, democratization, regional nobles, regional barons

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