Posts Tagged ‘Soviet Union.’

Nikita Sergeyevich Kruschev

May 5, 2009

Nikita Sergeyevich Kruschev (17 April 1894 – 11 September 1971) was leader of the Soviet Union, serving as General Secretary of the Communist Party, the Soviet Union from 1953 to 1964, following the death of Joseph Stalin, and Chairman of the Council of Ministers from 1958 to 1964.

John F Kennedy and Nikita KhruchchevJohn F. Kennedy and Nikita Khruchchev

Kruschev was responsible for the partial de-Stalinization of the Soviet Union, for backing the progress of the world’s early space program, as well for several relatively liberal reforms ranging from agriculture to foreign policy. Kruschev’s party colleagues removed him from power in 1964, replacing him with Leonid Brezhnev.

Fidel Castro and Nikita KhruchchevFidel Castro and Nikita Khruchchev

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Joseph Stalin

March 30, 2009

Joseph Stalin (born Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili – 18 December 1878 – 5 March 1953) was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s Central Committee from 1922 until his death in 1953. In the years following Lenin’s death in 1924, he rose to become the leader of the Soviet Union.

Joseph StalinJoseph Stalin

Stalin launched a command economy, replacing the New Economic Policy of the 1920s with Five-Year Plans and launching a period of rapid industrialization and economic collectivization. The upheaval in the agricultural sector disrupted food production, resulting in widespread famine, such as the Soviet famine of 1932-1933, known in Ukraine as the Holodomor.

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