may 25, 1922 - Non-disclosure of Lenin's Testament
- Lenin’s testament contained condemning details of:
Stalin→ “too rude”, “incapable of using his authority well”
Trotsky→ “most capable” “excessive self-assurance”
- Lenin’s testament was read out at a meeting of the Central Committee, where Lenin’s potential successors were present.
- Party agreed that the Testament was not to be made public as all were criticised
- ignore Lenin’s warning.
Stalin retained his position as Secretary-General → used this position to put more supporters in the Central Committee → outvote and remove Trotsky during party election → no more rivals → Stalin most powerful
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Combined Humanities 2267
unfinished; only did Chpt 1-3++