BBC History: Stalin and the Betrayal of Leningrad


The Inquiring Mind


Stalin was always suspicious of Russia’s former capital. Its huge cultural, scientific and economic importance, its historical role as the cradle of the 1917 Revolution, its pre-eminent position in the history of the Russian intelligentsia – all produced a dangerous spirit of independence when viewed from the Kremlin.

From 1918 to 1926, moreover, it was the power base of Grigorii Zinoviev, one of Stalin’s main rivals to succeed Lenin.

After Zinoviev’s downfall Stalin installed Sergei Kirov as first secretary of the Leningrad party, and Trotsky’s and Zinoviev’s followers were ruthlessly purged. Though a loyal Stalinist, Kirov may well also, in turn, have come to be seen as a threat.

A popular figure and – unlike Stalin – a Russian, by the early 1930s he was certainly seen by some in the Party as preferable to Stalin as leader. His assassination in December 1934 has often been attributed to Stalin…

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4 thoughts on “BBC History: Stalin and the Betrayal of Leningrad

      1. koolkosherkitchen

        You’re so right! It’s scary just to listen to the news and read what they are saying. Bernie Sanders, a “socialist democrat” and a multi-millionaire, for G-d sake, and they don’t understand that it is self-contradictory!

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