The struggle for the role of successor was held between Gorbachev, who at that time represented the party apparatus, and Romanov, who was supervising the military-industrial complex. Romanov lost, as most of the “Kremlin elders” did not want to strengthen the defense industry: the country was already enough militarized. Moderate reformers were required and Gorbachev seemed to be just like this.
Simultaneously with Khrushchev’s removal ended the heroic period of the Soviet Union. Henceforth, a new period began, the content of which was to try to avoid the looming ideological and economic crisis.
Nikolay T. Belyaev, who united Russia, England and France with his life and his works, represented a surprising combination of the qualities of artillery officer, scholar in physical metallurgy and historian.
As a man of his time, Khrushchev in his heart was remaining a revolutionary romantic. Therefore, being surrounded by the Stalinists, he dealt a crushing blow to the image of Stalin as a dictator and a tyrant, but at the same time he wanted to preserve the state created by Stalin, not realizing that he undermines its sacred foundations.
It is extremely difficult to attribute reforms in the CIS countries to any particular model, since transformations were carried out inconsistently and very irregularly.
When the order on the elimination of Beria arrived, at first it was decided to organize a car accident. It’s hard to say now why this plan was changed. Perhaps, it was decided not to risk as Beria was a very experienced bureaucrat, a master of apparatus intrigues.