Death of Stalin: Presidium of the Soviet Union, 1953 Director: Matthew Bizer
With the sudden death of the totalitarian dictator of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, the country was left without any instructions on who should be his successor, or even how it should be determined. Thus, the Central Committee of the Communist Party has convened to elect a new presidium to act as the “collective leadership” of both party and country. Meanwhile, the Russian people are in a chaotic state of mourning that is both socially and economically disruptive, security services are beginning to act unilaterally, and the state continues to support the Northern side of the Korean War. Will the new “collective leadership” be able to collaborate together to face the many challenges set before them? Will there be reform in the post-Stalin USSR?