Benefits to Stalin of Kirov's death

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  • Benefits to Stalin of Kirov's death
    • Pretext for draconian legislation
    • Opportunity to find scapegoats
    • Pretext to purge the Party and the population
    • Opportunity to silence the Bolsheviks who knew the contents of Lenin 's Testament
    • Pretext to arrest and execute Zinoviev and Kamenev
    • Freed Stalin of his most dangerous rival
    • Opportunity to terrorise rivals and critics in the Party


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