- In the summer of 1957, conservative members of the Communist Party Presidium tried to oust party leader Nikita Khrushchev from power. After the vote in the Presidium went against him, Khrushchev appealed to KGB Chair Ivan Serov and Ministry of Defense Marshall Georgi Zhukov for assistance in bringing the entire Communist Party Central Committee to Moscow for a second vote. Serov and Zhukov complied and all members of the Central Committee were flown to Moscow in 24 hours. The full Central Committee supported Khrushchev with the votes to overturn his opponents in the Presidium. Khrushchev repaid Serov and Zhukov by demoting the former and forcing the retirement of the latter.
Historical dictionary of Russian and Soviet Intelligence. Robert W. Pringle. 2014.
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