Stalin's Former Friends

March 1956
New Republic;3/26/56, Vol. 134 Issue 13, p5
The article presents information about general secretary of the Communist party of the soviet Union, Joseph Stalin. Thirty delegates are said to have fainted when Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev told the Twentieth Party Congress on February 24, 1956 that Stalin was a brutal and cowardly bungler, who had lied, tortured, destroyed the best brains of the Red Army and fled Moscow at its hour of greatest need. Stalin, Khrushchev confirms was a dangerous paranoid who, to justify himself, filIed his nation with obsessive fears. Today, that national paranoia prevents the closer relationship that the collective leadership desires between the regime and the people and between the Soviet state and the outside world. Paths were opened by Stalins heirs that led to future successes; at each opening stood the ghostly figure of Stalin, barring the way.


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