Staunton, February 25 – Sixty-five years ago, Nikita Khrushchev delivered his secret speech in which he denounced Stalin’s cult of personality and opened the way for a partial reassessment of the Soviet dictator. This round anniversary has led to the assemblage of new details about the speech and its meaning (e.g., news.tut.by/culture/719946.html?c
Members of the CPSU and especially the leadership viewed themselves as part of a social movement with a long history and an even more important future and thus they were able at various points to level criticism at part leaders, especially after their deaths, who had impeded the overall goal of the party.
But members of the current ruling party, United Russia, are different. They have no long-term program, exist only to advance their own selfish goals, and thus cannot be expected to view the leader who created their party and their opportunities for power and self-enrichment in terms of some larger matrix.
Consequently, Sinelnikov-Orishak says, he does not expect any historical reckoning by the country’s political elite like the one that Khrushchev initiated against Stalin in 1956. Putin may be forgotten in the race to curry favor with a successor, but he probably doesn’t need to worry about being subject to denunciation in the future from those around him now.