UP THE WORKERS & Ukrainians
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I'm not wedded to using Shcherbakov but I would like to use Zhdanov. May need somebody to take over through running that machine as @Time Enough suggests in the 1950s before being troika'd later after an international crisis.Honestly it's hard seeing Shcherbakov survive beyond 1950,given his obesity and how much of a drunk he was. Same with Zhdanov-his alcoholism is a big reason for his health problems.
I did toy with the idea of having Yezhov as a post-Stalin leader as a 'WTF early POD, readers' moment, but I can't see him ever commanding enough loyalty even if he avoided being purged.