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Humpday History Highlight

By Wyatt Earp | December 1, 2010

December 1, 1934 – Sergey Kirov Murdered

Sergey Kirov, a leader of the Russian Revolution and a high-ranking member of the Politburo, is shot to death at his Leningrad office by Communist Party member Leonid Nikolayev, likely at the instigation of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.

Whatever Stalin’s precise role in the assassination of his political rival Kirov, he used the murder as a pretext for eliminating many of his opponents in the Communist Party, the government, the armed forces, and the intelligentsia. Kirov’s assassination served as the basis for seven separate trials and the arrest and execution of hundreds of notable figures in Soviet political, military, and cultural life. Each trial contradicted the others in fundamental details, and different individuals were found guilty of organizing the murder of Kirov by different means and for varying political motives.

Stalin’s purges followed soon afterward. Many people think Hitler was the world’s most evil ruler. I think Stalin tops him.

For the military buffs out there, the Russian Kirov class of cruisers is named in his honor.

Topics: HHH | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “Humpday History Highlight”

  1. Loaded Dice in Vegas Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Stalin, Mao and Hitler, the Unholy trio of Evil.
    May they feel the pains of their victims for all eternity.

  2. Old NFO Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Yeah it is, I chased that sucker on it’s first deployment… Scary boat, whole bunches of missles, and they were a ‘bit’ touchy about our flybys…

  3. Wyatt Earp Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    LDIV – Amen to that.

    Old NFO – Understandable, since they have always been paranoid. I remember reading about it in a book of the world’s warships. Sounded like a badass war machine,

  4. John D Says:
    December 2nd, 2010 at 6:54 am

    And while Uncle Joe was killing his people by the millions, American commies like Woody Guthrie were singing his praises here. Disgusting.