How Did Stalin Rule Russia Essay

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Stalin’s Influence

How can one person convince an entire nation that he is necessary for the growth and success of communism in Russia? After the death of Lenin in 1924, Russia was faced with Joseph Stalin who ruled the Soviet Union with an iron fist for 24 years. Stalin rarely appeared to be what he really was and consistently was underestimated by his opponents, allowing him to gain support and create fear in the Russian people’s lives. Although Stalin faced much opposition, his manipulating ways allowed him to bypass this through purges, control on media, and his use of propaganda. Stalin pushed the Soviet Union into world power, but with this power he forced his nation upon one of the most ruthless reigns in history.

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It never quite told the truth, but instead portrayed to the people what Stalin wanted them to know about a situation. An example of this was that no news of the death and devastation in the countryside was leaked to the public; only news and images that presented Stalin in a flattering light were allowed.

Under Stalin, art wasn’t considered for decoration, but more as a way to show idolization of Stalin. Freedom of expression through art wasn’t present at this time, and art almost seemed to be a constructed plan to gain support for Stalin, as the leader of Communism. His face was seen around Russia on posters, newspapers, banners, etc. Stalin manipulated art in a way that convinced the people that he was to be glorified, and by forcing himself upon the public so enormously; it seemed to correlate with the support he gained. Not only was art based on Stalin himself, but also any kind of art pro-Communism was accepted by the party and eventually, sometimes unknowingly, by the people. During this time, art and propaganda went hand in hand, basically being the same thing. All the art that was made public was in some way in support of either Stalin or communism, examples being workers encouraging other citizens to join the working force. Stalin was very intellectual when it came to secretly displaying messages or getting his ideas across. Not only were visual arts effected, but also performing arts

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