This paper will examine the phenomenon of betrayal in patronage networks in Soviet higher politics by considering one of the most high-profile and significant cases: the betrayal of Lavrenty Beria by two of his top lieutenants, Sergei Kruglov and Ivan Serov, during the post-Stalin succession contest in the spring of 1953.
Patronage and betrayal in the post-Stalin succession: The case of Kruglov and Serov
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Timothy K. Blauvelt; Patronage and betrayal in the post-Stalin succession: The case of Kruglov and Serov. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 1 March 2008; 41 (1): 105–120. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.postcomstud.2007.12.003
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