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June 8, 2011
IDFI Publishes Collection of Newspapers Issued in March 1956
IDFI Publishes Collection of Newspapers Issued in March 1956

Along with the "Top Secret" archival documents Institute for Developing of Freedom of Information has published excerpts from the official periodic media of the Soviet Georgia issued in March 1956. The newspapers were selected at the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia.

On February 25th, 1956 at the closed XX Congress of the CP SU (Communist Party of the Soviet Union) Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev - the First Secretary of the Central Committee of Communist Party of the USSR made the most unexpected and sensational speech “On the Personality Cult and its Consequences”. In this speech all the essential values that were imposed by the totalitarian state upon its population for the period of three decades were revealed and condemned. Khrushchev’s speech remained secret, until the Gorbachev’s era. Despite this fact, the document can be viewed as the pivoting point in the Soviet system’s historic changes. Information on “the Personality Cult of Stalin” was perceived by the population in the Soviet Union, especially by the younger generation in Georgia . This statement, led to mass protests in Georgia.

The collection, IDFI believes, will fully display the events of 1956 and hope this will help researchers, scholars, experts, Soviet Studies specialists and society interested in this topic to better interpret the issue.


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