The film is dedicated to one of the turning points in the development of the communist dictatorship in the USSR, when the leader's heirs were looking for ways to survive and strengthen their power. The pragmatists (A. I. Rykov, N. I. Bukharin) proclaimed a new slogan "building socialism in one separate country", supported by the apparatchiks I. V. Stalin and F. E. Dzerzhinsky. G.E. Zinoviev and L.B. Kamenev, noticing the strengthening of the positions of J.V. Stalin, tried to seize the initiative at the XIV Party Congress. The defeat of G.E. Zinoviev and LB Kamenev at the congress was an important step towards the establishment of the personal dictatorship of J.V. Stalin. Portrait of I.V. Stalin (artist I.I.Brodsky). Portrait of Mikhail Kalinin. Portrait of K.E. Voroshilov (artist A.M. Gerasimov). Portrait of G.I. Petrovsky. The interior of the office of F.E. Dzerzhinsky. The film includes newsreel footage of 1924-25: a demonstration dedicated to the 7th anniversary of the October Revolution in Petrograd, a theatrical performance on Uritskogo Street, demonstrators carry stuffed "bourgeois", the Solovetsky Monastery, prisoners are working, schoolchildren are carrying wooden stars down the street, orchestra members are passing by , Deputy Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of the USSR L.B. Kamenev leaves the train carriage with his comrades, L.B. Kamenev leaves the Kremlin Palace, gets into the car, People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs of the USSR L.D. Trotsky receives a report from the military on Khodynskoye field, L .D. Trotsky and K.M. Voroshilov among the Red Army soldiers, L.D. Trotsky speaks to those gathered in the street, L.D. Trotsky and K.E. Voroshilov pass along the line of soldiers, member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the All-Union Communist Party (b) G.E. .Zinoviev speaks at a rally on the street, the launch of the ship "Grigory Zinoviev" from the shipyard, Chairman of the Supreme Council of the National Economy A.I. Rykov on the rostrum of the XIV Congress, member of the Executive Committee of the Comintern N.I.Bukharin speaks, delegates to the congress in the hall, I.V. Stalin is sitting among the delegates of the congress, speaks with tribune, N.K. Krupskaya speaks from the rostrum, L.M. Kaganovich speaks, the presidium of the congress.