In 1957, at the height of the post-Stalin struggle for political power in the Soviet Union, Allen Dulles suggested that the Soviet military officers were participating in the selection of a new national leader and that they might even seize power themselves and establish their own type of dictatorship.
Caron, Gerald C.
"Soviet Civil-Military Relations: Conflict and Collaboration Among Comrades,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 24:
10, Article 6.
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