In 1953, Georgy Maximilianovich Malenkov briefly succeeded Joseph Stalin as the leader of the Soviet Union. However, at the insistence of the rest of the Presidium, he relinquished control over the party apparatus in exchange for remaining Premier within the Soviet collective leadership.

In 1955, a power struggle with Nikita Khrushchev  culminated in Malenkov’s removal from the premiership.

In 1957, after a failed coup against Khrushchev, Malenkov was expelled from the Presidium and exiled to Kazakhstan.

In 1961, Malenkov was expelled from the Party.