Essay: The Repression of 1934-43 & Stalin’s Political Dominance

The Great Terror that began with Kirov’s death had many far-reaching results. One of the main results was that Stalin’s political dominance was reinforced a thousand fold, but there were other consequences of the purges, both social and economical. These consequences changed the lives of ordinary Russian people to a huge extent – food shortages…

Russian Revolution: Kornilov, Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky and Zinoviev

The February and October revolutions William Chamberlain describes the Feb. revolution as “the most leaderless, spontaneous, anonymous revolutions of all time”. That is true because there were no dominating figures such as Lenin present at the revolution. Others such as David Longley says that people “simply rose to the occasion” On Feb. 23 a demonstration…

Lev Kopelev: Terror in the Countryside (Holodomor)

In 1929 Joseph Stalin, the Communist leader, started a revolution that would transform the Soviet Union’s economy. A major aspect of the Stalin revolution consisted of forced collectivization of agriculture. From 1929-1933, the collectivization drive met resistance, resulting in the liquidation of an estimated five million successful peasants called Kulaks.[1] In 1978, Lev Kopelev published…