04 July 1953
Prime Minister Imre Nagy Calls for ‘New Stage’ Politics
The emerging victor of the power struggle that erupted following Stalin’s death, Khrushchev tried to curtail Stalinism in the Soviet Union, thereby laying down the path for the policy Hungary also was to follow. Prime Minister Imre Nagy made measures to moderate the dictatorship’s iron hold on the nation by correcting irregular aspects of Hungary’s economy and putting an end to show trials. The standard of life temporarily improved. In Moscow, however, political power relations once again shifted and Imre Nagy was replaced by Mátyás Rákosi.