Modern Succession in Politics in the Soviet Union: Yuriy Andropov as a Case Study
Yakubesan, Ronald J.
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What is set forth here is a look at the way the Soviet system has evolved since Stalin, and how it relates to succession. It is my argument that once Stalin had passed from the scene, and given the fact that Khrushchev eliminated the terror of the Stalin era, there could be no alternative to the sectional, bureaucratic and regional interests, described below, ruling the Soviet Union. If one wishes to be the General Secretary, one must have the approval of all of these groups. A second facet of succession is the fact that issues play a dominant role in succession politics. This was especially true with the Brezhnev succession. Finally, the men involved, specifically Andropov and Chernenko are examined, and the struggle that took place between them.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.