Time of Trouble: The 23rd Congress: A Reprint

Authors

  • Isaac Deutscher

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-041-04-1989-08_4

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History

Abstract

What was the characteristic feature of the Twenty-third Congress? Let me first outline in broad terms the background to the Twenty-third Congress. The task of the Congress was to draw a formal balance of the five years that had passed since the Twenty-second Congress in 1961. In fact a balance had to be drawn of a longer period—of the decade since the Twentieth Congress, the years when Khrushchev was in power. At the Congress the ruling group put a tombstone, as it were, on Khrushchev's political grave without mentioning his name even once. He was blamed for the impasse in which Soviet farming finds itself, being unable to provide a secure basis for a rising standard of living. He was blamed for the consequent slowing down of the tempo of industrial development. In fact the Soviet government has had to cope here with a difficult legacy. The inability of Soviet agriculture to get out of its stagnant condition has indeed affected the whole economic pattern and has weakened the momentum which had carried industry forward over so many decades.

Published

1989-09-04

Issue

Section

Reprise