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"Gorbachev Factor"

Khrushchev’s mistakes at home and abroad made his rivals (including his protégé Leonid Brezhnev) determined to act. In October 1964 the party-state nomenklatura rebelled against the troublesome leader. Practically the whole of the Politburo of the Central Committee conspired against him. Confronted by the hostile majority, Khrushchev was forced to resign. He was permitted to remain in Moscow, where he lived as a private citizen until his death in 1971. 

Khrushchev committed many mistakes and misjudgments during his period in power. His competence as the leader of a world superpower was often in question. His political style was dubbed by his opponents “voluntarism,” that is, policy making in a willful, foolish, and erratic manner. Khrushchev was notorious for advocating harebrained schemes and chasing impractical ideas, such as his insistence on massive expansion of the sown areas of maize, including territories beyond the Arctic Circle. (A popular joke commented on this obsession of his thus: “We shouldn’t let Khrushchev go to the moon—he would plant maize there.”)

Other hallmarks of political “Khrushchevism” were populism and overoptimistic, utopian objectives. His optimism stemmed from his Leninist fundamentalism and the belief that socialism, when cleansed of Stalinist distortions, would be able to prove its historic superiority over capitalism. However, Khrushchev’s denunciation of Stalin and his quest for “socialism with a human face” failed to create conditions for genuine democracy in the party and the country.

Khrushchev’s reforms were, in the main, limited to the adjusting of the system established by his predecessor. The basic structures and the apparatus forged by Stalin continued to rule, and no institutional or political barriers were erected against a revival of Stalinism. The CPSU remained the dominant political institution, and the curbs on the KGB and the de-Stalinization process itself proved to some extent reversible.

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