The raikom 1933–39: Adapting to Change

  • Daniel Thorniley
Part of the Studies in Soviet History and Society book series (SSHS)


Overshadowed by the political departments in 1933–34, the raikoms emerged as victors from the administrative-jurisdictional conflicts in the autumn of 1934. Prior to this the raikom internal structure had been transformed more fundamentally. This change — the replacement of raikom functional departments by a number of raikom instructors — was announced at the seventeenth party congress early in 1934 as part of a package of organisational innovations and modifications, the primary objective of which was to move the party’s and state’s organisational basis from a functional one to a production one. As a matter of fact, the gist of the reshaping of the raikom was contrary to the trend of the 1934 reorganisation. The following analysis seeks to explain why this was so.


Organisational Innovation Economic Affair Economic Campaign Party Membership Party Committee 
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Notes and References

  1. 27.
    J. Arch Getty, ‘The “Great Purges” Reconsidered. The Soviet Communist Party, 1933–1939’, unpublished Ph.D. thesis, Boston College, Mass., 1979, p. 89.Google Scholar

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