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Russia: 50th Anniversary of Khrushchev's Speech

Categories: Eastern & Central Europe, Russia, Freedom of Speech, History, Human Rights

Nikita Khrushchev began the process of de-Stalinization 50 years ago, with a speech [1] given at the 20th Communist Party Congress, held February 14-25, 1956. Sean Guillory of Sean's Russia Blog discusses [2] the event's significance and reviews the coverage of the anniversary. He also reproduces parts of an interview [3] with Sergo Mikoyan, son of Soviet statesman Anastas Mikoyan. Masha Gessen publishes an excerpt [4] from her own book, in which her grandmother Rozalia, a censor at Glavlit, listens to the speech being read by a Party functionary at a staff meeting.