19th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union

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The Nineteenth Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was held from 5 to 14 October 1952. It was the first party congress after World War II and the last under Joseph Stalin's leadership. It was attended by many dignitaries from foreign Communist parties, including Liu Shaoqi from China. Stalin made his last speech at this Congress.[1] The 19th Central Committee was elected at the congress.


  • The All-Union Communist Party (Bolshevik) was renamed the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
  • Stalin's request to be relieved of his duties in the party secretariat due to his age, was rejected by the party congress, as delegates were unsure about Stalin's intentions.[2][3]

An unofficial "inner circle" of Stalin's closest associates included Lavrentiy Beria, Nikolai Bulganin, Kliment Voroshilov, Lazar Kaganovich, Georgy Malenkov, Mikhail Pervukhin, Maksim Saburov, and Nikita Khrushchev.


  1. Speech of the 19th Party Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 14 October 1952, by J. V. Stalin
  2. Zhores A. Medvedev,Roj Aleksandrovič Medvedev, The Unknown Stalin', p. 40-41.
  3. Geoffrey Roberts, Stalin's Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939 - 1953, p. 345.

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