The Murder of Sergei Kirov

History, Scholarship and the Anti-Stalin Paradigm

Grover Furr

9789350023037

Aakar Books, New Delhi, 2015

432 pages

Price INR 595.00
Book Club Price INR 446.00
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On December 1, 1934 Leningrad Party leader Sergei M. Kirov was murdered. Investigation of this crime soon led to the three public Moscow "Show" Trials, to the "Tukhachevsky Affair" trial of eight top Army commanders; and then to the "Ezhovshchina" or "Great Terror". Was Leonid Nikolaev, Kirov's killer, a lone gunman acting from personal motives whose crime Stalin then "used" to frame and execute real or imagined enemies? Or was Nikolaev's arrest the key event that led to the uncovering "the great conspiracy against Soviet Russia"? Grover Furr has studied all the available evidence, most of it from formerly-secret Soviet archives. He offers complete and original translations of key historical documents and detailed analysis of their significance in an important synthesis that effectively reconsiders one of the pivotal events of Soviet history. Furr also examines in detail the three latest studies of the Kirov murder — by Alla Kirilina, Åsmund Egge, and Matthew Lenoe. His discovery: all the "authoritative" studies of the Kirov murder are hopelessly wrong. Written with the same meticulous attention to detail as his 2011 work Khrushchev Lied, Furr's book The Murder of Sergei Kirov: History, Scholarship and the Anti-Stalin Paradigm is a bold rejoinder to decades of omission, distortion and misinformation by Soviet, Russian, and Western historians. This book is published by Aakar Books.

Grover Furr

Grover Furr graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 1965 with a B.A. in English. He received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University in 1978. Since February 1970 he has been on the faculty at Montclair State University in New Jersey, where he specializes in medieval English literature.

He has regularly given presentations at conferences of the Modern Language Association. He has also given presentations at the Left Forum in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, as well as participated in the Rethinking Marxism conferences of 2006, 2009 and 2013.