Indictment of Zhou Yongkang marks latest chapter in China's history of political purges

April 3, 2015 9:49 AM

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Indictment of Zhou Yongkang marks latest chapter in China's history of political purges

FILE - This 1972 file photo shows Jiang Qing, Mao Zedong's wife, in China. Leader of the radical Gang of Four that guided the Cultural Revolution, Jiang was arrested after attempting to seize power in the inner-party struggle that followed Mao’s death in 1976. Jiang was accused of persecuting political enemies and causing the suffering of millions, but claimed at her 1980 trial that she had only been doing Mao’s bidding. Sentenced to life in prison, she committed suicide while on medical release in 1991. (AP Photo/File) (The Associated Press)

FILE - This Feb. 29, 1980 file photo shows Liu Shaoqi. Once considered the anointed successor to communist leader Mao Zedong, Liu was swept from power at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution. Formerly upheld as the model of a proper communist, Liu was vilified as a traitor and the party’s chief ...

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