The Establishment of Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe, 1944-1949

By Norman Naimark; Leonid Gibianskii | Go to book overview

delegations to the Fifth Congress of the CPY which was to commence on July 21, 1948. Rάkosi had suggested that all the parties send delegations, and attempt to "influence the situation in Yugoslavia," -- that is, denounce the Yugoslav leadership. At the Secretariat's meeting, however, Suslov stated that "the Central Committee of the CPSU(b) considers it inexpedient to send delegations to the Fifth Congress of the CPY." 82 As a result, not a single Party sent representatives to the Congress.

Thus, Moscow was effectively able to isolate and neutralize the intransigent Yugoslav leadership, and its actions were endorsed by the Cominform. Although the Corninform-member countries might have been somewhat gratified to see the Yugoslav leadership dislodged from its pedestal, they were quailed by its fate, and effectively dissuaded from diverging from the course charted by the Soviets. With the consent of all but the Yugoslavs, the Kremlin had forged an organizational weapon -- the Cominform -- with which to control the Communist movement and the Soviet Bloc.


Notes
1.
On the Yugoslav social and political system see: V. Koštunica and K. Čavoški , Stranački pluralizam ili monizam: Društveni pokreti i politički sistern u Jugoslaviji 1944-1949, ( Belgrade, 1983); B. Petranović, Politička i ekonomska osnova narodne vlasti u Jugoslaviji za vreme obnove ( Belgrade, 1969); idem, Istorija Jugoslavije 1918-1988, vol. 3, ( Belgrade, 1988) 29-119. On Yugoslav foreign policy see: B. Petranović, Istorija, vol. 3, 162-196; L. Ia. Gibianskii, Sovietskii Soiuz i novaia Iugoslavia, 1941- 1947 gg, ( Moscow, 1987), 140-192.
2.
See, e.g., A. A. Zhdanov's report at the ceremonial meeting in Moscow on November 6, 1946, for the 29th anniversary of the October Revolution. Pravda, November 7, 1946; and V. M. Molotov's report at a similar meeting on November 6, 1947, for the 30th anniversary. Pravda, November 7, 1947.
3.
See L. Ia. Gibianskii, Sovietskii Soiuz i novaia Jugoslavia, 140-192.
4.
Borba, May 28, 1945.
5.
Arhiv Jugoslavije ( Belgrade), F.507, CK, SKJ (later, AJ-CK SKJ), 1-I/22, l. 18,52; M. Djilas, Viast i pobuna ( Belgrade, 1991) 81-82; Lj. Djurić, Sećanja na ljude i dogadjaje, ( Belgrade, 1989), 285.
6.
The ambassador also discussed the matter with Tito when he gave him the telegram. See: Arhiv Josipa Broza Tita (Belgrade), F. Kabinet Maršala Jugoslavije (henceforth, AJBT-KMJ), I-3-b/634; Arkhiv vneshnei politiki Rossiiskoi

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