Quite apart from the egregious example of Mao, the record of Joseph Stalin, general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party from 1922 until his death in 1953, hardly inspires confidence in lifetime rule by a single communist vozhd
(56) This has earned Putin the title of 'vozhd
' (maximum leader) in some quarters.
He was a dictator, a Leader or Vozhd
, but his dictatorship is unthinkable without the underlying Marxist-Leninist project to create a new man in a new society.
He is indeed the Vozhd
(boss) in the Stalinist tradition, even if in a watered down sense.
The three central ideas that Lih builds through the text are the vozhd
, the narod, and the vlast.
The critic stated: "In order to show Comrade Stalin as the vozhd
' of the masses, as the genius leader, as the active participant in socialist construction ..., the artists raise him above the masses and juxtapose them.
Mikhail Mikhailovich Kuz'min, "Davyd Iesseich syn Iesseev (Dukhovnyi vozhd
' zakavkazskikh dukhovnykh khristian)," Dukhovnyi khristianin 5, no.
No simian Russian Patriarch, Imam, Polish priest, or Vozhd
One of the book's strong points is its racy pen portraits not only of the disgusting vozhd
himself but of his cronies and cowered generals.
Like many before him Pleshakov lays the blame squarely at the door of Stalin, the vozhd
(leader) of the Soviet Union whose purges had cowed his military into meek subservience, without initiative or insight.