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General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union

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Mikhail Gorbachev (General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union) - Part I

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Mikhail Gorbachev (General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union) - Part II

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Mikhail Gorbachev (General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union) - Part III

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Leonid Brezhnev Drunk General Secretary of the Communist Party - Soviet Union, television speech

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Secretariat of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union

General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was an office of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) that by the late 1920s had evolved into the most powerful of the Central Committee's various secretaries. With a few exceptions, from 1929 until the union's dissolution the holder of the office was the de facto leader of the Soviet Union, because the post controlled both the CPSU and the Soviet government. Joseph Stalin elevated the office to overall command of the Communist Party and by extension the whole Soviet Union. Nikita Khrushchev renamed the post First Secretary in 1953; the change was reverted in 1966.
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