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3rd July, 1957 : Backed by the loyal Soviet military, Nikita Khrushchev has beaten off a challenge to his leadership and routed a so-called ‘anti-Party group’. A stormy eight-day meeting of the policy making Central Committee ended today with the removal from the ruling Politburo of Lazar Kaganovich, Vyacheslav Molotov and Georgi Malenkov. Essentially they were accused of attempting to halt the de-Stalinisation campaign launched last year. The coup was engineered by Molotov, and Khrushchev was outvoted at a special Politburo meeting, but the Soviet Party leader got in touch with Marshal Zhukov.