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October 2, 2013 11:16

Neo-Stalinism is a politological term denoting the attempts of rehabilitating the personality cult of Joseph Stalin in history and reanimating the Stalinist political policy. The term is also used for defining a modern political system in a number of states, where political and public life is in many respects akin to the Stalinist epoch.

So far there has been neither unambiguous interpretation of this term formed, nor its recognition in the scientific environment established. Nevertheless, the term Neo-Stalinism is widely used by numerous publicists, politicians, and researchers, mostly in the western countries and in Eastern Europe.

At the end of the 20th congress of CPSU in February, 1956 the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev denounced the personality cult of his predecessor Joseph Stalin, and condemned the crimes committed in the Big Terror period. Khrushchev gave a four-hour long speech declaiming Stalin’s political regime. The historian Robert Daniels reckons that neo-Stalinism played the leading part on the Soviet political stage for a quarter of century after Stalin's death.

There are various interpretations of the term Neo-Stalinism. Thus, the publicist and public figure Roy Medvedev suggests applying it for description of the following phenomena: rehabilitation of Stalin’s personality cult, identification of the political regime with that of Stalin, nostalgia over the Stalinist period in Russian history, and an attempt of reanimating Stalin’s policy, in particular, coming back to the terror methods characteristic of that period.

Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: Joseph Stalin     

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