The Communist Party of the Soviet Union: Party Leadership, Organization, and Ideology

The Communist Party of the Soviet Union: Party Leadership, Organization, and Ideology

The Communist Party of the Soviet Union: Party Leadership, Organization, and Ideology

The Communist Party of the Soviet Union: Party Leadership, Organization, and Ideology

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The last prewar Congress of the Bolshevist party took place in March, 1939. At that time new Party Statutes were adopted which provided in Article 29 for an all-Union Congress to be held at least once every three years. However, not three, but more than 13 years passed before the Nineteenth Party Congress convened in Moscow in October, 1952. The Congress, which was attended by 1192 voting delegates and 167 delegates with a consultative vote and which was a sort of review of the Stalinist state party and the Communist world movement, opened on Oct. 5, 1952, with a brief address by Molotov that was completely overshadowed by the following eight-hour progress report by Malenkov. Malenkov spoke at length on the political situation of the Soviet Union at home and abroad and then spoke about the Party itself. He described the development of the Bolshevist party into a mass party of 7,000,000 Party members. He pointed to the difficulties involved in this development and demanded their elimination through qualitative improvement in personnel, through intensified Party discipline, intensive selection, training and testing of cadres, and through unswerving strengthening of Party unity. Malenkov's statements let it be understood that the Party leadership had set a goal of transforming the mass party into a rigidly centralized fighting organization, into a cadre party. This goal was also expressed by Khrushchev in . . .

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