|Sergei Kirov – Bolshevik leader in the Soviet Union.
FDC Envelop with FDC cancellation
|Description||Sergei Mironovich Kirov (born Kostrikov 27 March [O.S. 15 March] 1886 – 1 December 1934) was a close, personal friend to Joseph Stalin, and a prominent early Bolshevik leader in the Soviet Union. Kirov rose through the Communist Party ranks to become head of the party organization in Leningrad.
On 1 December 1934, Kirov was shot and killed by a gunman at his offices in the Smolny Institute. There is a widespread belief that Joseph Stalin and elements of the NKVD were behind Kirov’s assassination, but evidence for this claim remains lacking. Kirov’s death was later used as a pretext for Stalin’s escalation of repression against dissident elements of the Party, and disarming of the Party (every Party member was issued a revolver up to that time, when Stalin had them all taken away), culminating in the Great Purge of the late 1930s in which many of the Old Bolsheviks were arrested, expelled from the party, and executed. Complicity in Kirov’s assassination was a common charge to which the accused confessed in the show trials of the period.
|Type||FDC Envelop with FDC cancellation “100 years anniversary of the birth”|
|Used/Unused||Cancellation, Moscow, 27.03.1986
Registered, Cancellation, Moscow, 27.03.1986
|Published by/for:||Ministry of Communications, 1986|