Definition of de-Stalinization in US English:


(British de-Stalinisation)


  • (in communist countries) the policy of eradicating the memory or influence of Joseph Stalin and Stalinism, especially after 1956.

    • ‘But his policy of de-Stalinization backfired.’
    • ‘Whatever the cleavages among the children of Khrushchev's de-Stalinization, their children had come of age in a different time.’
    • ‘As a result, the de-Stalinization would prove particularly traumatic for the PCF.’
    • ‘After the arrest and execution of BERIA and the de-Stalinization policy of KHRUSHCHEV, there was a decline in the worst excesses of the camps, which were formally replaced in 1955 by Corrective Labour Colonies.’
    • ‘But only a political biography could illuminate the personal, human dimension of Khrushchev's decision to follow the risky path of de-Stalinization.’
    • ‘There was no real process of de-Stalinization after the collapse of the Soviet Union.’
    • ‘The lasting impact he had on the system is acknowledged by references to neo-Stalinist elements that survived Khrushchev's de-Stalinization campaigns.’
    • ‘The 20th Soviet Communist Party Congress in 1956, and the process of de-Stalinization ultimately resulted in some liberalization of ideological control.’
    • ‘The Romanian secret services underwent a similar process of de-Stalinization, but almost a decade later.’
    • ‘The others, spared this fate, returned from their prisons and camps in the spring of 1956 as part of the de-Stalinization campaign that began under Khrushchev.’
    • ‘The process of de-Stalinization in the Soviet Union started immediately upon Stalin's death, beginning with the release of political prisoners and with denunciations of other flagrant crimes of the Stalin period.’