Pyotr Pospelov

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Pyotr Pospelov
Пётр Поспелов
Director of the Institute of Marxism–Leninism of the Central Committee
In office
25 January 1961 – May 1967
Preceded by Gennady Obichkin
Succeeded by Pyotr Fedoseyev
In office
7 July 1949 – July 1952
Preceded by Vladimir Kruzhkov
Succeeded by Gennady Obichkin
Editor-in-chief of Pravda
In office
Preceded by Ivan Niktin
Succeeded by Mikhail Suslov
Candidate member of the 20th–21st Presidium
In office
29 June 1957 – 17 October 1961
Member of the 19th, 20th–21st Secretariat
In office
5 March 1953 – 4 May 1960
Personal details
Born Pyotr Nikolayevich Pospelov
20 June 1898
Konakovo, Russian Empire
Died 22 April 1979(1979-04-22) (aged 80)
Moscow, Russia
Nationality Soviet
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Ethnicity Russian

Pyotr Nikolayevich Pospelov (Russian: Пётр Николаевич Поспелов) (20 June 1898 – 22 April 1979) was a high-ranked functionary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union ("Old Bolshevik", since 1916), propagandist, academician of the USSR Academy of Sciences (1953), chief editor of Pravda newspaper, and director of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism. He was known as a staunch Stalinist who quickly became a supporter of Nikita Khrushchev.[1]

Life and career

Pospelov was born at Konakovo in 1898. He graduated from the Economics Department of the Institute of Red Professors in 1930.[1] He was one of the principal authors of the The History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Bolsheviks): Short Course, which served as a basic text on party history in the Stalinist period.[2]

He is also known as the head of the "Pospelov commission" on the investigation of the mass repressions in the Soviet Union, whose findings had laid the basis and the contents of Nikita Khrushchev's "secret speech" On the Personality Cult and its Consequences [3]

In a 1969 article in the Kommunist, Pospelov praised Stalin as bulwark of party unity in the face of the "anti-Leninist" challenge of Trotskyism, writing that

Pospelov died in Moscow in 1979 and was buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Pospelov's biography at (Russian)
  2. Banerji, Arup (2008). Writing History in the Soviet Union: Making the Past Work. New Delhi: Social Science Press. p. 145. ISBN 978-81-87358-37-4.
  3. Michael Charlton (1992) "Footsteps from the Finland Station: Five Landmarks in the Collapse of Communism" ISBN 1-56000-019-8, Chapter 1: "Khrushchev's Secret Speech", pp. 7–80
  4. Pospelov, Pyotr (1969). "Against Trotskyism". In Translations from Kommunist: No. 12, August 1969, pp. 54–72. Washington, D.C.: U. S. Joint Publications Research Service. Original in Kommunist No. 12 (August 1969), pp. 46–59.