"Sacrificing the individual to the mass"

Soviet poster illustrating Stalin and the cult of personality
Public DomainSoviet poster illustrating Stalin and the cult of personality
 Nikita Krushchev, First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1953-1964) and Soviet Premier (1958-1964), reminded the 20th Congress of the Communist Party in 1956 that the cult of the individual must be abolished once and for all.  This echoed Lenin's assertion that the glorification of the individual was not good for society as a whole. By implication, Krushchev was denouncing his predecessor Stalin's cult of personality, through which he dominated the country for 29 years.