August 08, 2020

Comrades disunited: North Korea and the Soviet-Albanian split
A diplomatic and ideological spat between Moscow and Tirana left Pyongyang in a tricky position

When Khrushchev rose to power in the Soviet Union and promoted de-Stalinization and “peaceful co-existence,” the socialist world began to split. Traditional hardliners in the Eastern Bloc opposed what they perceived as heretic “revisionism”.

Albania, in particular, resisted Khrushchev’s agenda; it feared that a détente with Yugoslavia could revive Yugoslavian influence in Albania.