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Aleksei Ivanovich Shakhurin

Col-general

Aleksei Shakhurin, USSR Col.-general.

Background

Shakhurin, Aleksei was born in 1904.

Education

Graduated from the Moscow Engineering Economics Institute, 1932.

Career

Joined the Red Army, 1934. In the late 1930s, 1st Secretary of Iaroslavl’, later Gorkii obkom. Member of the Central Committee of the Bolshevik Party, 1939-1946.

Minister of the Aviation Industry of the USSR, 1940-1946. Arrested after Stalin was told by his son, Vasilii, an air-force officer, that US planes were better than Soviet planes. Released after Stalin’s death, 1953.

Deputy Chairman of the Committee for the Foreign Economic Relations, 1953-1959.

Religion

Religious leaders contribute to secular and religious wars by endorsing or supporting the violence.

Views

The emphasis on peaceful coexistence doesn’t mean that the Soviet Union accepted a static world with clear lines. Socialism is inevitable and the "correlations of forces" were moving towards socialism.