The Berlin International Human Rights Congress (BIHRC)

"Human Rights and Democracy in a Globalized World - Moving Towards an International Consensus"

(Berlin; October 1st - 4th, 2010)

Human Rights Introduction

March 5, 1953

Stalin, the Red Dictator dies

Stalin suffers a stroke and dies. He is succeeded by Nikita Krushchev, who denounces Stalin’s legacy and begins dismantling the cult of personality in a process known as De-Stalinisation. However, this does not bring an end to the persecution of dissidents, as uprisings in Poland and Hungary in 1956 are brutally crushed.