Twentieth Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Khrushchev's secret speech denouncing the former Soviet leader was accompanied by his Report of the Central Committee to the Congress, which announced a new line in Soviet foreign policy. He based his new policy on "the Leninist principle of coexistence of states with different social systems." Khrushchev also used the Congress to promote his loyal supporters to high party office and to take control of the party from the Stalinist old guard.
* * *▪ 1956(Feb. 14–25, 1956), event notable as the first stage of First Secretary Nikita S. Khrushchev's (Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeyevich) program to repudiate Stalinism in (Stalin, Joseph) the Soviet Union.Highlighting the Twentieth Congress were two addresses given by Khrushchev: the famous secret speech denouncing the late Soviet leader Joseph Stalin (February 24–25), and his Report of the Central Committee to the Congress (February 14). The Report, nearly as important a document as the secret speech, announced a new line in Soviet foreign policy. Rejecting the notion that war between East and West was “fatalistically inevitable,” Khrushchev declared that “the Leninist principle of coexistence of states with different social systems” was the basis of the foreign policy of the U.S.S.R. Khrushchev also used the Twentieth Congress to consolidate his leadership by promoting persons loyal to him to high party office. The congress newly elected 40 percent of the full and candidate members of the Central Committee, and five new candidate members were added to the Presidium. Thus, by the end of the congress, Khrushchev had successfully launched his drive to wrest control of the party from the Stalinist old guard and to discredit the excesses of Stalin's rule.
* * *
Look at other dictionaries:
History of the Soviet Union (1953–1985) — The Cold War ensued as the USSR and the United States struggled indirectly for influence around the world.De Stalinization and the Khrushchev era: See also: Nikita Khrushchev After Stalin died in March 1953, he was succeeded by Nikita Khrushchev… … Wikipedia
Military history of the Soviet Union — Joseph Stalin and Kliment Voroshilov depicted saluting a military parade in Red Square above the message Long Live the Worker Peasant Red Army a Dependable Sentinel of the Soviet Borders! The military history of the Soviet Union began in the days … Wikipedia
The Communist Party and African-Americans — The Communist Party USA played a significant role in defending the rights of African Americans during its heyday in the 1930s and 1940s. Even in its years of greatest influence, however, the party s relations with the black community, black… … Wikipedia
Soviet Union — USSR and CCCP redirect here. For other uses, see USSR (disambiguation) and CCCP (disambiguation). Soviet redirects here. For the term itself, see Soviet (council). For other uses, see Soviet (disambiguation). Union of Soviet Socialist Republics … Wikipedia
Ninth Five-Year Plan (Soviet Union) — The Ninth Five Year Plan of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was a set of economic goals designed to strengthen the country s economy between 1971 and 1975. The plan was presented by the Chairman of the Council of Ministers Alexei… … Wikipedia
Romanian Communist Party — Partidul Comunist Român First leader Gheorghe Cristescu Last leader … Wikipedia
Criticisms of communist party rule — Part of the series on Communism … Wikipedia
French Communist Party — Parti communiste français Leader Pierre Laurent (National Secretary) Founded 1920 (SFIC) 1921 (PCF) … Wikipedia
Hungarian Communist Party — MKP symbol The Communist Party of Hungary (Hungarian: Kommunisták Magyarországi Pártja), renamed Hungarian Communist Party (Magyar Kommunista Párt) in 1945, was founded on November 24, 1918, and was in power in Hungary briefly from March to… … Wikipedia
Soviet Armed Forces — Soviet Armed Forces … Wikipedia