Molotov pp 105-127 | Cite as

Head of Government

  • Derek Watson
Part of the Studies in Russian and East European History and Society book series

Abstract

Molotov’s appointment as Sovnarkom chairman not only involved him relinquishing his Secretariat and Orgburo positions, he was also replaced by Kaganovich as Stalin’s deputy in the party whilst the general secretary was on leave, when Kaganovich also assumed chief responsibility for correspondence with Stalin.1 Any relief that this may have given to Molotov, however, was more than outweighed by the burden of new duties. As head of government, Molotov’s attendance at Politburo meetings was vital. The Politburo, now dominated by a group of Stalin’s leading supporters, met at least weekly in 1931;2 and by tradition it was chaired by the Sovnarkom chairman.3 Table 7.1 shows that Molotov, as in the period 1926–1930, attended a high proportion of meetings (86.26% overall for 1930–1941), and again his most frequent absences were during his summer vacation.

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Maize Europe Assure Expense Arena 

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  • Derek Watson
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  1. 1.Centre for Russian and East European StudiesThe University of BirminghamUK

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