the gradual deconstruction of Bolshevism. Their plan failed utterly. More than a decade later, most European countries had granted full recognition to the Kremlin while Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union were not even on speaking terms. On occasion, tensions escalated into break-ins and shootings and arrests of Czechoslovak diplomats in Moscow. In 1933, however, Adolf Hitler Machtergreij'ung would serve as a reminder to Prague that a dramatic improvement in its relations with the Soviet Union was absolutely necessary. It would have to be obtained at almost any cost.