Nikita Khrushchev and De-Stalinization
- Stalin dies in 1953
- Replaced by Nikita Khrushchev in 1955
- Starts to remove any support for Stalin through De-Stalinization
- First act was to form Warsaw pact in 1955
- signaled less harsh treatment of the satellite states.
Joseph Stalin passed away in 1953 after suffering from a severe cerebral hemorrhage, and was replaced in 1955 by Nikita Khrushchev. The new leader intended to remove any existing support for Stalin through De-Stalinization. The first step towards this process, was the signing of the Warsaw Pact in 1955. This agreement signaled better treatment for the satellite states. The new leader wanted to remove the Stalinist political system, and gulag work camps to make the nation his own.