(Stalin and USSR experts) What is theory as to why Joseph Stalin arrested killed many people?

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  • 6 months ago

    Stalin was a Bolshevik, and it was part of Bolshevik belief that the new state had to establish itself through terror and by mass executions. Lenin was outspoken about this. The revolution was surrounded by external enemies and by internal enemies. Communism had to be established by class warfare.

    The Bolsheviks were insane about saboteurs and treason. Alexander Solzhenitsyn tells us that engineers who failed to get the two ends of a tunnel to match up were arrested for treason and either sent to prison or killed. Workers had their arms tied to machines so they could work at the same pace as machines. It was a felony to go on strike, and the charge was treason.

    In this climate, Stalin was the worst, but he was far from alone. Stalin brought not only his contempt for human life but also his paranoia that there were enemies all around him. To call him a vicious paranoiac is an understatement.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    The majority of his killings weren't by arrests.

    The great purge killed around 681,692 people, mostly political rivals obviously like Trotskyists when Stalin found out Yezkov had been killing some people for his purposes, not Stalin's, Yezkov was killed off too.

    The Soviet famines killed 7.5 million in Ukraine and between 1 and 2 million people died in Kazakhstan and around thousands in the Caucasus and Southern Russia. So he killed around 8-9 million people (not 60 million) I'm no fan of Stalin but it simply isn't possible to kill 50% of your own country whether you are Stalin or not.

    The purpose of these famines was called by Lenin as ''food dictatorship'' it would lead to a great exodus of young people from Soviet farmlands to migrate to big cities like Moscow, that was part of his plan to industrialize the USSR he needed those young workers, and the old ones died in the famine.

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  • 6 months ago

    Stalin was constantly afraid. He himself had hundreds of people assassinated during his rise to power. And before him Marx, Engels, Trotsky, and Lenin also either ordered assassinations or were assassinated when the Bolshevik Party began to grow. So it was logical to him that there would people out to assassinate him. So he would get to them before they got to him.

    The thing is, he was right. There were always people out to assassinate Stalin.

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