Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002
Stalin saw Marshal Mikhail Tukhachevski as the potential leader of a military coup. What's more, Tukhachevski publicly accused Stalin of losing the Polish campaign of 1920. Stripped of his office and appointed to command the obscure Volzhski military district in Kuibyshev, Tukhachevski was doomed — but Stalin never acted openly. On May 13, 1937, he invited Tukhachevski to the Kremlin. The Party, said Stalin, still had confidence in the Marshal, and wished him success in his new command. On May 22, they arrested Tukhachevski in Kuibyshev and brought him to Moscow to be shot.
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