external image joseph-stalin2.jpgDe-Stalinization refers to the process of eliminating the mindset and political system put on by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. After his death in 1953, Stalin ws already succeeded by powerful political men in the Soviet Union, Laventiry Beria, head of the Ministry of the Interior; Nikita Khrushchev, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party; and Georgi Malenkov, Premier of the Soviet Union. De-Stalinization stopped a large-scale of forced labor in the Soviet Economy. After the process of freeing the Gulag prisoners, Khrushchev emerged as the most poweful Soviet politician. Khrushchev at a speech to the Twentieth Party Congress of the CPSU on February 25th 1956 entitled ‘On the Personality Cult and its Consequences’ in which he attacked Stalin, his tyrannical rule and the crimes of that era against the party. With Khrishchev attacking Stalin's movies and ideas, everyone high up in Russia’s ruling party also owed their positions to Stalin, there was no one who could attack Khrushchev without sharing the same guilt.