Recruitment Patterns for the Leadership

  • John Erickson


Today both the Soviet and the non-Soviet world have a common interest in one pressing problem which involves not so much the vagaries of detente as the eventual resolution of the Kremlin succession issue, and it is here that the pattern of recruitment to the leadership may be most visible. The succession problem has plagued successive Soviet regimes, but for all the labyrinthine Muscovite intrigue and palace plots, certain rules have emerged — arbitrary affairs, to be sure, but something of a guide as to how things might be conducted.


Party Organization Succession Problem General Staff Regional Secretary Party Control 
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© The International Institute for Strategic Studies 1980

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