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Transcript of De-Stalinization
De-Stalinization spelled an end to the role of large-scale forced labor in the economy.
Khrushchev emerged as the most powerful Soviet politician.
At a speech On the Personality Cult and its Consequences, February 25, 1956, Khrushchev shocked his listeners by denouncing Stalin's dictatorial rule and cult of personality.
Khrushchev's drive to expunge Stalin's influence from the public sphere continued through the late 1950s.
His efforts were marked by the removal of Stalin's name from cities, landmarks and facilities which had been named or renamed after him.
De-Stalinization peaked in 1961 during the 22nd Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
October 31, 1961, Stalin's body was removed from its mausoleum in Red Square and reburied
November 11, 1961, the "hero city" Stalingrad was renamed to Volgograd
As part of the de-Stalinization push, many other places bearing Stalin's name were either renamed or reverted to their former names. These included even capital cities of the Soviet republics and territories.