KHRUSHCHEV AND THE POLITICAL CRISIS OF JUNE, 1957,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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The Communist party apparatus -- the men engaged in administering party affairs and in imposing its will upon the other institutions of Soviet society -- has been strengthened by each of Khrushchevs victories since mid-1953. In the June days, when Khrushchev achieved his greatest triumph, the party apparatus acquired an authority in Soviet society which it had not possessed for perhaps a quarter of a century. Representatives of the party apparatus, sixteen of its most powerful secretaries, were elected to two-thirds of all the places on the Khrushchev-dominated Presidium, although in Stalins time they had not occupied more than half the Politburo seats. It seems clear that the plot of the anti-party group was conceived in desperation to protect the remnants of their power against the incipient dictator, although the dimensions of their plot, and its details, remain obscure.