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Efim Afanas'evich Shchadenko

Col-general

Efim Shchadenko, USSR Col.-general.

Background

Shchadenko, Efim was born in 1885.

Career

Joined the Bolshevik Party, 1904, and the Red Army, 1918. During the Civil War, organized groups of Red Cossacks on the Don River. In the 1920s political officer at the Frunze Military Academy.

Deputy Minister of Defence and Head of the Personnel Department for Leading Cadres of the Red Army (involved in the purges of the military), 1937. During World War II, Deputy Minister of Defence in charge of personnel and drafting into the armed forces. Member of the Central Committee of the Bolshevik Party, 1939-1941.

Demoted to non-voting member, 1941.

Religion

Religions encourage war and violence to promote their religious goals.

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.