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- n. A Soviet leader.
The author concludes that the pre-war purges instilled such fear of the vozhd that no one dared oppose his irrational strategy.
Did your time in a communist country have you start yearning to be the vozhd?
Gorbachev seems to consider himself the vozhd (supreme leader) and does not tolerate people who cross him.
Nikolaev, therefore, was merely a patsy in a more sinister plot on the part of the vozhd to justify the use of terror against his enemies, real or imagined.