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Communist Party of the Soviet Union
The Communist Party of the Soviet Union was the only legal, ruling political party in the Soviet Union and one of the largest communist organizations in the world...
Timeline of Events
1912
4.22.1912
''Pravda,'' the "voice" of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, begins publication in Saint Petersburg.
1953
3.6.1953
Georgy Maksimilianovich Malenkov succeeds Joseph Stalin as Premier of the Soviet Union and First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
9.7.1953
Nikita Khrushchev is elected first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
9.13.1953
Nikita Khrushchev is appointed secretary-general of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
1956
2.14.1956
The XX Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union begins in Moscow. On the last night of the meeting, Premier Nikita Khrushchev condemns Joseph Stalin's crimes in a secret speech.
1964
10.14.1964
Leonid Brezhnev becomes the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and thereby, along with his allies - such as Alexei Kosygin - the leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), ousting the former monolithic leader Nikita Khrushchev, and sending him into retirement as a nonperson in the USSR.
1984
2.13.1984
Konstantin Chernenko succeeds the late Yuri Andropov as general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
1991
8.24.1991
Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.