Yuri Zhukov (historian)

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Yuri Nikolayevitch Zhukov
Born (1938-01-22) 22 January 1938 (age 78)
Krasnogorsk, Russia
Nationality Russian
Fields History
Institutions Institute of Russian History at Russian Academy of Sciences
Alma mater Russian State Historico-Archival Institute
Known for Stalin-era research

Yuri Nikolayevich Zhukov (Russian: Юрий Николаевич Жуков, born on 22 January 1938, in Krasnogorsk) is a Russian historian[1] and researcher at the Institute of Russian History at Russian Academy of Sciences.[2][3] Zhukov published several books that glorify Stalin, such as "Renaissance of Stalin" and "Handbook of Stalinist".[4]

Zhukov argued that Stalin was not personally responsible for the Great Purge and shifted the blame onto Jews[5] and subordinates of Stalin.[6][7] According to Zhukov, Stalin had conducted liberal reforms in the USSR, and launched the purges against real threats to Soviet security. Zhukov has also argued that by assuming sole power, Stalin had "saved the country and the world" from Trotsky, Kamenev and Zinoviev, for in Zhukov's view, their revolutionary politics brought the USSR into conflict with the world.[8] Historian Gennady Kostyrchenko remarked that virtually all of Yuri Zhukov's historical works, that have been published in the last 15-17, have had the moral and political rehabilitation of Stalin as their overriding theme.[9]