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Garima Dalal Year 13 Stalin?s Russia Stalin means ?Man of Steel? in Russian. Joseph Stalin was an enthusiastic defender of Lenin; he led many Marxist movements in Georgia and joined the Bolsheviks. His two main aims were: a command economy and a totalitarian system of government. Two of Stalin?s aims were to modernize Russia so that it could make up the 50 year gap in 10 years and to change the majority of the primary sector to secondary, make up the country?s industry. Stalin was afraid that the surrounding capitalist governments like the ones of Finland, Poland and Romania might attack Russia and that Russia might have nothing to defend itself with. ...read more.


Under Stalin?s rule, Russia?s economy was totally transformed. The central government made decisions and set targets for all the businesses but the goal was to exceed the targets rather than meeting them. The wages were paid in food rations so people knew they had to work to be able to eat. Some people were even killed by other workers who were jealous of the hard-working people. Only one ruling party was allowed in Stalin?s Russia ? communist party. This is called totalitarian government, where there is only one ruling party. ...read more.


16 members of the Communist party were executed in ?Trial of the Sixteen? in 1936 for getting accused of being a part of a conspiracy to murder Communist leaders. In 1937, even Russia?s most famous general Tuchachevsky was executed. In that era, it was common for people to use their friends and family members to create a patriotic image of themselves by accusing them of criticizing Stalin. Over 10 million people got sent to labor camps where a million of them were executed and most of them died. The purges strictly affected the military as sometimes the capable leaders were purged and inexperienced, unskilled were hired to take their place. ...read more.

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