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Destalinization A Wise Political Strategy Although many of his ideas did not bring the expected results Nikita Khrushchev policies of de-Stalinization were politically wise He went against many of Stalins tyrannical policies and gave the people a much greater sense of freedom In the process known as de-Stalinization legal procedures were restored some greater degree of meaningful public controversy was permitted forced labor camps were closed and the secret police tactics of Stalins era were erased Stalins method of personal rule was replaced by group rule and more orderly processes of government the terror apparatus was largely dismantled the economy was notably modernized and foreign policy was conducted with much greater diplomatic initiative and flexibility There was free political discussion a standard forty-hour work week where people were free to change jobs better government planning on production and eased travel restrictions over the Iron Curtain In the process of de-Stalinization the cities that were once named in honor of Stalin were given new names or returned to their old names1 The statues and pictures of Stalin were destroyed and letters were sent to families of those who were killed in battle which criticized Stalins weak leadership during the time of the war Stalins grave was vandalized during this process and Khrushchev gained approval from the West These policies were used to erase the past and ease the minds of those who suffered under the dictator2 Khrushchev worked to denounce his former leaders doings and clean up the image of the nation on a worldwide scale Khrushchev worked hard to be agreeable with the majority of people he ruled He sought to contrast his own present policies with the extremities of Stalinism and therefore restore public confidence in the Soviet system3 Perhaps the most notable example of de-Stalinization was where Khrushchev denounced Stalin and criticized the dictator along with those who agreed with his views These views which murdered so many Russian Citizens
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