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Stalin And The Kirov Murder
Stalin And The Kirov Murder
By Robert Conquest
Oxford, 1989, 164 pp

A searching inquiry into the crime that the author rightly calls "a crux in the establishment of the Stalin autocracy" and also "a crucial issue in the attempt in the U.S.S.R. to face the truth of the Stalin epoch." Conquest marshals abundant evidence pointing to Stalin's guilt but does not definitely prove it. Soviet historians and political leaders, in the spirit of glasnost and in the wake of the rehabilitation of Bukharin, may be on the verge of coming forward with conclusive evidence.