22nd Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union

The 22nd Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Russian: XXII съезд КПСС) was held from 17 to 31 October 1961. In fourteen days of sessions (22 October was a day off), 4,413 delegates, in addition to delegates from 83 foreign Communist parties, listened to Nikita Khrushchev and others review policy issues.[1] At the Congress, the Sino-Soviet split hardened, especially due to Soviet de-Stalinization efforts,[2] and it was the last Congress to be attended by the Chinese Communist Party. The Congress elected the 22nd Central Committee.

Speeches, splits and plansEdit

Other than Sino-Soviet disputes, matters dealt with at the Congress included accepting the Third Program of the CPSU and statute, and the opening of the Volgograd Hydroelectric Plant, the largest in Europe or Russia at the time. The Soviets also tested the world's most powerful thermonuclear bomb ("Tsar Bomba") in Novaya Zemlya in the Arctic Circle, creating the largest man-made explosion in history.[3][4] They also accepted the removal of Stalin's remains from the Lenin Mausoleum,[5] the renaming of several cities named after Stalin and other Stalin-era politicians,[6] and Khrushchev's declaration and plans to build communism in 20 years. Historian Archie Brown wrote that the program was "the last authoritative document produced by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union to take entirely seriously the building of a communist society."[7] Nikita Khrushchev also proposed to revise CPSU's statutes and implement a "systematic renewal of cadres" that would limit terms of individuals in elected party posts and rules for turnover in other Party bodies, worrying that "a gradual freezing of personnel policy would block up the system, and stagnation would occur." However, the proposal was opposed by other Party members. It is believed that Khrushchev's proposal contributed to his later oust from power.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Anthony Trawick (1973). "Is the Cold War Over?: A New Look at Communist Imperialism". Capitol Hill Press. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ Evans, Charles T. "Notes on the Sino-Soviet Split". novaonline.nvcc.edu. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Tsar Bomba". Atomic Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  4. ^ "The Soviet Weapons Program - The Tsar Bomba". nuclearweaponarchive.org. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Stalin's body removed from Lenin's tomb - Oct 31, 1961 - HISTORY.com". HISTORY.com. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Volgograd renamed Stalingrad for day as the Second World War battle remembered". The Telegraph. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  7. ^ Brown, Archie (2009). The Rise and Fall of Communism. Ecco. pp. 256. ISBN 9780061138799.
  8. ^ Svolik, Milan. The Politics of Authoritarian Rule. Cambridge University Press. pp. 174–175.

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