Personalities and Powerbases - Stalin

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  • Born 1879
  • Joined Communist Party 1902 (very early)
  • When Lenin became ill, Stalin started to oppose him
  • Highly criticised in Testement 'enourmous power which he does not use wisely'
  • Lenin demanded Stalin be removed from the Party
  • Had a hand in everything (widespread power)
  • Party Secretary (controlled the business of the Politburo, created agendas/papers from meetings)
  • Head of Secretariat (control of who was in positions with responsibilities) - chose supporters
  • Control of Party organisation (sent to anual party congress where major issues of…


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