World History Moment: The Murder Of Sergei Kirov
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When popular communist leader Sergei Kirov was shot in the back in 1934, many of Joseph Stalin’s opponents were scapegoated and executed. With opponents out of the way, Stalin cemented his spot as one of the most brutal dictators of the 20th century.
Historian John Schmidt tells us the story of the murder that consolidated power for Joseph Stalin.