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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_leaders_of_the_Soviet_Union

Under the 1977 Constitution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), the Chairman ... The post of General Secretary lacked clear guidelines of succession, so after the death or removal of a Soviet ... of the Soviet Union would assume the office, though the Soviet Union collapsed before this was actually tested.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_Soviet_secret_police_agencies

There was a succession of Soviet secret police agencies over time. The first secret police after the October Revolution, created by Vladimir Lenin's decree on  ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_heads_of_state_of_the_Soviet_Union

Succession, President of the Russian Federation. The Constitution of the Soviet Union recognised the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet and the ... Before that time, the 1918 Constitution of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic was ...

www.jstor.org/stable/125599

months before Lenin's stroke. *This article is ... pre-eminence while Lenin still lived facilitated the effort to keep the ... The Soviet Succession: Lenin and Stalin.

soviethistory.msu.edu/1924-2/lenins-succession

The struggle to succeed Lenin which commenced even before his death in January 1924 rocked the Communist Party to its foundations and had immense ...

www.worldatlas.com/articles/leaders-throughout-the-history-of-the-soviet-union.html

Jul 4, 2016 ... Joseph Stalin, a Georgian, by far led the USSR longer than any other man. ... to the Russian Revolution in exile abroad before Germany arranged for him ... Andropov started positioning himself for succession as leader of the ...

www.britannica.com/place/Soviet-Union/The-USSR-from-1953-to-1991

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics - The U.S.S.R. from 1953 to 1991: Stalin died a slow, angry, and painful death on March 5, ... More reached the top during his leadership of the U.S.S.R. than before or afterward. ..... Gorbachev's succession.

www.history.com/this-day-in-history/unusual-succession-makes-ford-president

On this day in History, Unusual succession makes Ford president on Aug 09, 1974. ... had replaced Spiro Agnew as vice president only eight months before. ... top-secret documents to his brother, who then passed them to Soviet agents.

link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/978-1-349-16948-1_9.pdf

Before we turn to the question of leadership change and policy innovation .... which takes place in the Soviet Union in the immediate post-succession period is  ...