Bearslayers: The Rise and Fall of the Latvian National Communists (American University Studies)

By William D. Prigge

The 1959 purge of the Latvian nationwide communists has lengthy been forged in black-and-white phrases: Russification and resistance; victimizers and sufferers. traditional knowledge holds that Nikita Khrushchev was once in the back of the purge. in the end, he used to be the Soviet most advantageous; he stopped in Riga quite a few weeks prior to; even the prime sufferer of the purge, Eduards Berklavs, classified Khrushchev the wrongdoer. For the 1st time, William D. Prigge’s penetrating research demanding situations this view and untangles the intricacies of Soviet center-periphery family members like a political mystery. With every one new bankruptcy, a more true knowing of occasions comes into sharper concentration - extra complicated and interesting than may possibly ever be imagined. finally, the reverberations are felt all of the method to the Kremlin and weaken what Khrushchev idea used to be his personal enterprise footing. For the scholar of Soviet and Latvian historical past alike, this quantity offers greater than simply the tale of a purge - it's a precise image into the political machinations of the Soviet Union and one in all its republics.

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Apr. , five. l. , seventy three lp. regrettably, there isn't any stenographic checklist in their come across. fifty eight. Petroff convincingly refutes the thought that Suslov supported Khrushchev in 1957 due to any social team spirit. actually, Suslov was once in the direction of Malenkov and Molotov at the questions of de-Stalinization and international coverage. Petroff refers to Suslov’s determination as opting for among the proverbial Scylla and Charybdes. Suslov sponsored Khrushchev as the political rewards have been larger and, such a lot of all, simply because Khrushchev represented the expansion of the get together, no longer the ministries. Petroff, The purple Eminence, 100–102. fifty nine. Taubman, Khrushchev, 362. 60. Petroff, The purple Eminence, 105–106. sixty one. Berklavs, Zināt un neaizmirst, 162–163. sixty two. Plenums of the imperative Committee, reel forty six, delo 262, body 130–137; see additionally Georgii Zhukov: Stenogramma oktiabr’skogo plenuma TSK KPSS i drugie dokumenty (Moskva: Mezhdunarodnyi fond “Demokratiia,” 2001). sixty three. LVA one zero one. f. , 20. apr. , 17. l. , 15–19 lp. sixty four. LVA, 102. f. , sixteen. apr. , nine. l. , 228 lp. sixty five. Berklavs Interview, 1 October 2003. sixty six. Berklavs, Zināt un neaizmirst, 180–183. Kruminš additionally recalled that Berklavs’s kin with Shelepin ended badly. He said, “Berklavs had a pointy personality which he confirmed in Moscow to CPSU CC secretary, Shelepin. ” Krūmiņš, Karogs, 136. whereas Shelepin didn't point out this assembly in his memoirs, he pointed out the “localism” that Khrushchev’s sovnarkhoz reforms generated as one of many significant explanation why he became on Khrushchev. A. N. Shelepin, “Istoriia—uchitel’ surovyi,” Trud, 14 March, 1991, four. sixty seven. Kruminsh, Kommunist Sovetskoi Latvii, no. four (1990): 86. sixty eight. Krūmiņš, Karogs, 136. bankruptcy five 1. Eduards Berklavs, interview by way of writer, Rīga Latvia, 10 October 2003. 2. Latvijas Valsts arhivs, a hundred and one. f. , 21. apr. , 2. l. , 242–244 lp. notes 153 three. This declare calls for a few qualification. Michael Widmer, Romuald J. Misiunas, and Rein Taagepera all kingdom that Vilis Kruminš grew to become moment secretary after the Beria incident in 1953. Romuald J Misiunas and Rein Taagepera, The Baltic States: Years of Dependence, 1940–1990 (London: Hurst & corporation, 1993), 352. Widmer went directly to hypothesize that simply because Kruminš was once changed in 1956 through Kashnikov and again as moment secretary in 1958, maybe there has been a tug-of-war among Moscow and Latvia. Michael Widmer, “Nationalism and Communism in Latvia: The Latvian Communist social gathering below Soviet rule” (Ph. D. diss. , Harvard, 1969), 188–190, 200–203. After discussing this query at size in the course of an interview with Berklavs, he insisted that Kruminš used to be merely moment secretary as soon as, in 1958. Eduards Berklavs, interview by way of writer, Rīga Latvia, 1 October 2003. notwithstanding, the important Committee documents demonstrate that during truth Kruminš was once named moment secretary in early 1954. but, Kruminš’s appointment in 1954 bore no resemblance to 1958. In 1954, the nomination was once a customary, bureaucratic strategy with out the hesitation and wondering present in 1958. LVA, one hundred and one. f. , 17. apr. , 12. l. , 2–3 lp. This, coupled with the truth that either Kruminš and Berklavs observed 1958 because the turning element and that Berklavs doesn't even have in mind Kruminš as a moment secretary prior to 1958, leads this writer to the belief that the 1954 nomination was once not anything greater than a formality.

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