The government has ordered the name of one of Josef Stalin's top lieutenants, party ideologue Andrei A. Zhdanov, stripped from universities, factories and cities nationwide.

The move Tuesday is the latest in a series of actions taken to wipe out the names of late Kremlin leaders and officials who have fallen into disgrace or disfavor under President Mikhail S. Gorbachev.Last month, Communist authorities ordered the names of two recent Soviet leaders, Leonid I. Brezhnev and Konstantin U. Chernenko, removed from their homes and from every town, school and factory still named for them.

Since coming to power in March 1985, Gorbachev has been increasing critical of past Soviet leaders, calling Stalin's harsh 29-year rule a deviation from the ideals of Soviet founder Vladimir I. Lenin and blaming Brezhnev for economic stagnation and corruption.