Compare the characters and beliefs of Lenin and Stalin

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Compare the characters and beliefs of Lenin and Stalin.There are both similarities and differences in the characters of Leninand Stalin. Both Lenin and Stalin were quite clever and ambitiouspoliticians. Lenin came to power in 1917 as the head of the Bolshevikparty after many years of planning, and he was leader of Russia untilhis death in 1924. Stalin won the struggle with Trotsky to becomeleader of the Communist party in 1929 and remained the leader untilhis death in 1953. Both Lenin and Stalin were extremely patriotic;they loved their land and country and they tried to improve it as bestas they could. Lenin and Stalin were both ruthless leaders. Lenin usedhis secret police (the Cheka) to crush any opposition, and people werenot allowed to talk freely. Stalin used his secret police (the NKVD)to crush his opponents as well.There are also differences in the characters of Lenin and Stalin.Lenin was much more careful in his use of the Cheka and his way ofacting agains the opponents. Stalin felt more secure to use his secretpolice to crush any opposition. He even held 'Show Trials' in publicto eliminate members of the party. Lenin was maybe more popular withthe people, probably because of the Revolution. Stalin was lesspopular than Lenin, perhaps because of his cruel way of
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eliminatingopponents. Especially Stalin's period of leadership between 1928 and1936 (also called the Purges) made him very unpopular with the people.There are quite a few clear similarities in the beliefs of Lenin andStalin. For example, they both believed in State Control ofAgriculture and Industry. Lenin introduced a period of 'War Communism'to improve Russia after the war, and Stalin introduced the 'Five-YearPlans' and after that his policy of 'Collectivisation' to succeed themajor changes the Five-Year Plans had brought about. Lenin and Stalinalso believed in a One Party State and a Dictatorship and, however inanother way, they both believed in the use of ...

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