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Nikita Khrushchev rose to power after the death of Stalin He was a leader who desperately worked for reform yet his reforms hardly ever accomplished their goals He was a man who praised Stalin while he was alive but when Stalin died Khrushchev was the first to publicly denounce him Khrushchev came to power in 1953 and stayed in power until 1964 when he was forced to resign Stalin died without naming an heir and none of his associates had the power to immediately claim supreme leadership The deceased dictators colleagues initially tried to rule jointly through collective leadership with Malenkov holding the top positions of prime minister and general secretaryLavrenti Beria took over Ministry of Interior and also became the first deputy prime minister Molotov became foreign minister and like Beria a first deputy prime minister These three formed the uneasy triumvirate Modern Enc and Kort To prevent Malenkov from gaining to much power he was stripped of his duties as First Secretary These duties in turn were handed to Nikita Khrushchev a longtime party boss of the Ukraine and the first secretary of the partys Moscow organization who was not seen as a serious candidate for supreme power Kort Khrushchev had two advantages over his associates the right to appoint his trusted followers to key positions and the right to demote those he distrusted To succeed Khrushchev had to remove his two principal rivals He removed Beria quickly with the help of other colleagues who feared Beria On April 4 1953 Beria was forced to admit that his men had fabricated the Doctors plot that resulted in the arrest and death of several physicians Beria himself was secretly arrested on June 26 He was denounced as an enemy of the people and was charged with a number of crimes including that of careerist and traitor He confessed was tried without being present or represented found guilty and executed After the elimination of
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