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I was trying to see how the Politburo fit into the Stalinist system. Stalin met with members Country Email List of his Politburo (or sometimes an ad hoc body)which overlapped with the formal Politburo) practically every day for Country Email List several hours. That means that the Politburo had a function that Stalin considered important. Stalin was a hard-working man and it was impossible to think that he would spend time with them unless the Politburo had a definite goal Country Email List and task. That was my starting point: that the Politburo had to have government functions and tasks because otherwise Stalin would not have spent time in daily dialogue with its members. And it was very clear that he was spending time there because his office records were available. Every hour of his day in the office was recorded. That allowed me to develop my work.
Especially since those records were also published in Australia, and when I started working on Country Email List the subject,ussr . Let me ask you about your own history as a researcher. What was it like working in the Country Email List Soviet archives? It was difficult. It was especially so in the 60s and 70s because they didn't deliver catalogs or guides. They did not Country Email List say what material they had. They didn't publish it either. So you had to talk to an archives clerk and say, "My subject is such-and-such, and I want such-and-such stuff." So, of course, they could understand you better or worse, and they could be more or less collaborative.