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Members of the Communist Party of China celebrating Stalin's birthday in 1949
"Wall of sorrow" at the first exhibition of the victims of Stalinism in Moscow, 19 November 1988

Stalinism refers to the political system under Joseph Stalin, including ideology and state administration. A secret history of those days is contained in the Mitrokin Archives.[1]

Lazar Kaganovich, a Soviet politician, coined the term.


  1. Christopher Andrew. "The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the secret history of the KGB". The New York Times.