The Cult of Personality During the Khrushchev Thaw

  title={The Cult of Personality During the Khrushchev Thaw},
  author={Aleksandr V. Pyzhikov},
  journal={Russian Studies in History},
  pages={11 - 27}
  • A. Pyzhikov
  • Published 1 December 2011
  • History
  • Russian Studies in History
Nikita Khrushchev's famous denunciation of Stalin during his secret speech to the Twentieth Party Congress in 1956 may have been motivated more by internal power plays against his political rivals than by a desire to expose Stalin's "cult of personality." The denunciation surprised foreign visitors and resident party officials alike. Their scramble to attack Stalin's henchmen (Lavrentii Beria and Georgii Malenkov in particular), while shielding Stalin himself, explains the contradictory… 
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