Explain why Stalin believed that Kirov was a threat to his own position

Essay plan explaining why Stalin considered Sergei Kirov to be a direct threat to his own position.

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  • Explain why Stalin believed that Kirov was a threat to his own position
    • Stalin treated all opponents with contempt
      • Had a history of removing major rivals
        • Trotsky, Zinoviev, Kamenev
    • Kirov was a popular Communist leader
      • Had proved successful at Party Congress
      • In a strong position as head of the Leningrad Party
    • Kirov had not been afraid to oppose Stalin's views
      • Successfully opposed Stalin's desires to have Ryutin executed for his criticisms of Stalin
    • Kirov was considered a liberal alternative to Stalin
      • For those who considered Stalin's policies to be too aggressive
      • Kirov provided a "safer" option for those skeptical of Stalin

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