Stalin 's Long Term Effect On Russia Essay

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Josef Stalin is a name world renowned for invoking terror at the very thought of his dictatorial reign, purges and labour camps; yet still almost half of Russia see him as one of their greatest leaders. This is a man who caused the death of 23 million people during his reign, many of which were innocent Russian citizens. A combination of Stalin 's long term effect on Russia through modernization, collectivization and improvement to social services, as well expansive use of propaganda to gain a 'cult of personality ' have continued to effect the Soviet Union to this day in the running of their country. This has caused many Russians to excuse his mistakes (such as the Great Purge). Modern education in the Soviet Unionhas also developed to teach Russians to think of Stalin as a 'necessary evil ' that needed to happen for the advancement of the country. These factors have made sure that Stalin remains one of the most important and recognized figures in Russia 's history, allowing his 'legacy ' to live on.

To rise to power Stalin first had to eliminate his opposition, but he did so in a way that made him appear innocent. Lenin died on January 21st 1984 after having a large stroke (the last of three) and modern doctors say his cerebral arteries were ‘so calcified that when tapped with tweezers they sounded like stone’. It is theorized that Stalin may have caused his death, and even a letter written by Stalin saying “On Saturday, March 17th in the strictest secrecy… I, Stalin,…

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