Who refused to do so. In the 1920s there were conflicts over "bourgeois Country Email List nationalism" in the Ukraine. In the famine of the early 1930s (called "Holodomor" by Ukrainians, and a key part of the national history of the post-Soviet Ukrainian state), Ukrainian Country Email List peasants were the main victims (although peasants in other grain-producing regions , like the south of Russia and Kazakhstan, also suffered a lot); and the Ukrainian Party leaders, along with Country Email List those of other national republics and regions, fell victim to the Great Purges at the end of the decade. This is relatively familiar ground.
But there is also the question of Ukraine's role in Soviet politics Country Email List and government in the post-Stalin period. During the writing of my latest book, The Shortest History of the Soviet UnionI was quite interested in this topic. The post-Stalin period, especially from the 1960s, was much easier for Ukraine. Nikita Khrushchev, a Russian born in the Ukraine, had been Country Email List the head of the Party in that region at the end of the Stalin period, and when he rose to higher echelons in Moscow he kept many Ukrainian friends, who of course did very well under his leadership. mandate. At that time, the leaders of the Ukrainian Party, although appointed by Country Email List Moscow, were always ethnic Ukrainians; and Ukrainian representation in the Politburo increased and remained important during the Leonid Brezhnev period. During the late Soviet period, Ukraine seemed to be one of the most successful republics.
It was doing quite well, and compared to other republics Country Email List of the ussrShe felt quite pleased with herself. Although a dissident nationalist movement existed, it was relatively small at the time. This makes it easier to understand the fact that, when Mikhail Gorbachev's perestroika failed and the question of republican sovereignty and separation Country Email List entered the agenda of the leaders of the Soviet republics, Ukraine Country Email List was not in the first line.