Opposition to Stalinism

  • R. W. Davies
Part of the Studies in Russian and East European History and Society book series (SREEHS)


Opposition to Stalin and his policies in party circles was at its maximum in 1932–4 — the years of famine and its aftermath. The anti-Stalinist Ryutin platform, produced by a small group of dissident Communists in the autumn of 1932, was widely known among the Moscow and Leningrad élite.’ New evidence has confirmed the rumours that a substantial number of delegates to the XVII Party Congress in January-February 1934 failed to cast their votes for Stalin as a member of the central committee. Even the extremely cautious official party account issued in 1989 concluded that 166 delegates had failed to vote in the elections for the central committee, a most unusual event at a party congress.2


Central Committee Collective Farm Party Secretary October Revolution Secret Police 
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  1. 5.
    See for example L. R. Graham, The Soviet Academy of Sciences and the Communist Party, 1927–1932 (Princeton, 1967 ), p. 201.Google Scholar
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    See Davies (1989), pp. 86–7, and R. Marsh, History and Literature in Contemporary Russia (Basingstoke and London, 1995), pp. 88–91.Google Scholar
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    See R. W. Davies, The Socialist Offensive: the Collectivisation of Agriculture, 1929–1930 (Basingstoke and London, 1980 ), pp. 255–61.Google Scholar
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    E. A. Osokina, lerarkhiya potrebleniya: o zhizni lyudei v usloviyakh stalinskogo snabzheniya, 1928–1935gg. (1993), p. 26.Google Scholar

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© R. W. Davies 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. W. Davies
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  1. 1.Centre for Russian and East European StudiesUniversity of BirminghamUK

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