The Soviet Union Under Joseph Stalin

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The Soviet Union Under Joseph Stalin

Maya Batista

History
Mr. Cook
May 14, 2014

Maya Batista
Mr. Cook
Period 3
4/25/14
The Soviet Union Under Joseph Stalin
Joseph Stalin came to power in Russia shortly after Socialist leader, Vladimir Lenin died. After eliminating his political competition, Stalin finally became the chief in charge of the Soviet Union. Stalin then lead Russia into a downward spiral. Stalin was a brutal ruler for Russia due to his irrational ways of leading the country.
Corruption of the government was one factor that contributes to the controversy of Stalin’s methods of dictatorship. After Lenin’s death, Stalin wanted to be the Soviet Union’s next idolized ruler. Stalin exiled his competition to level the playing field, then after learning that the exiled could still be heard by word of mouth and by writing, he started his infamous purges.
In 1936, there were fake trials held in Moscow that tried Communists and Bolsheviks, these set trials resulted in execution or being sent to work in the Gulags. These were under Stalin’s orders to send all these members of political parties to their deaths. Stalin’s unjust ways of operating the Soviet Union was detrimental to the advancement of the country itself. Having show trials simply portrays how corrupt Stalin had made the Soviet government just as an intricate plan to keep all the power for himself, to the detriment of the Russian people.
One citizen writes, “If you complain or write anything (“Heaven Forbid”), they will frame you or for something else, and they will shoot you like a dog.” Russia under the rule of Stalin was horrible in the way that people were killed for even complaining about Stalin and the horrible lives people lived under Stalin’s iron fist.
The forced labor of Russian citizens made Stalin a bad ruler. Stalin once said, “One death is a tragedy; a million is a statistic.” This quote just portrays Stalin’s utter disregard for human life, especially for the lives of his subjects. Forcefully employing citizens was Stalin’s way of keeping the Russian people under his watch, and to keep the morale of the slaves low to ensure that the prisoners do not uprise and overthrow him.
From 1937-1938, there were seven million arrests, one million executions, two million dead in camps, one million people imprisoned, and eight million in camps. This shows the mass amount of people that Stalin had under this rule that he thought of as simply pawns in this massive chess game that was Russia at the time of Stalin’s rule.
G. Zheleznov, Vinogradov, and F. Belinski, three inmates in the Gulags (forced labor camps) wrote, “We went there full of energy and good health, and now we are returning as invalids, broken and crippled emotionally and physically.” All as a ploy to advance the country to be in competition with the Capitalist powers like the United States, Stalin “employed” his citizens, but really used them as slaves; working many innocent Russians to...

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