Tag: Stalin

Soviet Russia and the Prisoners of Stalin

The death of Stalin in March 1953 sent a wave of revolutionary change across Russia, including the release of prisoners being held at labor camps. According to the Seventeen Moments in History source, “the first post-Stalin action of this kind was the amnesty issued by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on … Continue reading Soviet Russia and the Prisoners of Stalin

Between Shades of Gray

Over spring break I read Between Shades of Gray (published March 2011), a young adult historical fiction novel by Ruta Sepetys. The story follows a 15-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941 who is taken from her home with her mother and younger brother by the NKVD (Soviet secret police). They are put on a crowded, dirty […]

Stalin’s Use of Threat

Joseph Stalin was one of the most determined, confident, demanding and powerful individuals between the late 1920’s and early 1930s’s in Russia. Who? He was the dictator of the Soviet Union who introduced the first Five-Year in the year 1928. What? The Five Year Plan concentrated on government control of the economy, agriculture and took control […]

Stalin’s Ambitious Plans to Rebuild Moscow

In 1935, Joseph Stalin alongside Lazar Kaganovich, a close associate of Stalin’s, signed the “Master Plan for the Reconstruction of the City of Moscow”. At the time, Moscow was an older city with narrow streets and buildings that dated back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Stalin wanted to modernize Moscow and make it one … Continue reading “Stalin’s Ambitious Plans to Rebuild Moscow”

Rotting out the Whole Structure: The Great Terror (’36-’38) and the Red Army

The deep and far reaching purges of Soviet society that occurred from 1936 to 1938 affected all facets of the state, not least of those being the military. The Great Terror, as these purges were called, was a campaign to destroy what was seen by the highest of Soviet elites as a vast right-wing conspiracy within … Continue reading Rotting out the Whole Structure: The Great Terror (’36-’38) and the Red Army