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#176 – Lazar Kaganovich

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Kaganovich joined the party around 1911 and was an early member of the Bolsheviks as an organizer. He was active in Yuzovka, Saratov, and Belarus throughout the 1910s, and led a revolt in Belarus during the 1917 October Revolution. In the early 1920s, he helped consolidate Soviet rule in Turkestan. 1https://academic.oup.com/ahr/article-abstract/101/4/1249/177059?redirectedFrom=fulltextKaganovich was in charge of organizational work within the Communist Party and assisted Stalin to strengthen his grip of the party bureaucracy, making him rise quickly through the ranks and becoming a full member of the Central Committee in 1924.

Kaganovich participated with the All-Ukranian Party Conference of 1930 and were given the task of implementation of the Collectivization policy that caused a catastrophic 1932-33 famine. Small policies also inflicted enormous suffering on the Soviet Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan, Kuban, Crimea, lower Volga regions, and other parts of the Soviet Union. 2 “Soviet Genocide in the Ukraine (reprint of 1951 article)”. Holodomor: Reflections on the Great Famine of 1932–1933

Kaganovich was a doctrinaire Stalinist, and though he remained a member of the Presidium, he quickly lost influence after Stalin’s death in March 1953. In 1957, he participated in an abortive party coup against his former protégé, whose criticism of Stalin had become increasingly harsh during the preceding two years. As a result of the unsuccessful coup, Kaganovich was forced to retire from the Presidium and the Central Committee.3The Court of the Red Tsar. Phoenix.