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Just to elaborate on points already made, while the Soviets did preserve the national republics, Stalin actively took measures to limit their autonomy. A few significant examples of this are: 1) the gifting of Crimea to the Ukraine. Crimea was distinctly different in terms of its culture and history, and has no legitimate ties to being a subsidiary of ...


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This is a very good question. The answer is: yes. Everyone who wanted to know, knew. (This includes Hitler). There were plenty of people who managed to escape to the West, they published their accounts. There were plenty of other sources: Soviet union was never closed completely. On the other hand, enormous pro-Soviet propaganda, supported by many left-wing ...


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Yes, Trotsky and Trotskysm was always strongly condemned and criticized in Soviet Union while Soviet Union existed. The history of Communist party was a mandatory subject on all levels of education, and large part of it was criticism of Trotskysm. This also applies to all other Stalin's enemies in the party, leaders of the opposition, like Kamenev and ...


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Of course. It wasn't much of a secret. Some 85% of the Soviet military's top positions were removed; the scale alone makes it rather impossible to hide. In fact, knowledge that Stalin had decapitated his own army's backbone was one of the factors motivating Nazi Germany to invade. But not only did [the Great Purges] do incalculable damage to the future ...


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Yes there were many trials. The extent was not nesscarily known but the removal of many senior officers was well known. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow_Trials


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The Soviet Union, or Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, was an attempt by the Communists to recreate the Russian empire under "socialist" principles. The idea was to blur the differences in "nationalities" in favor of the common, socialist "good," so that the different peoples would forget their petty differences and work together for a worker's paradise. ...


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The fact that there were finally 15 Soviet Republics, was just an aftermath of decision on 29 December 1922 to keep four republics as they already existed. As there were four of them at that point, it would later seem unjust and provoking not to add the next 11 (not counting many more autonomous republics). These four original republics of Soviet Union ...


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During the Russian Revolution and ensuing Russian Civil War the Czarist empire broke apart completely, many countries becoming independent. The new Bolshevik government did not "inherit" the empire from the Czar, they had to recreate it by military conquest. Many parts, like Finland, for example, became completely independent and never came under the control ...


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I've been researching this question for a few years as well, and wrote a university research paper on it a few years ago and writing my thesis topic on it too. Contrary to what one of the commentators said above, Russia getting U.S.S.R's veto power is NOT the same as UK getting veto power from the commonwealth. Not even close! Russia was only ONE of the ...


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The UN(United Nations) is a "upgraded version" of what U.S. president Woodrow Wilson and his 14 points had established after the first world war, the: League of Nations, that was expected to keep the peace, and obviously failed. That being said the role of UN was again to keep the peace. The Cold War had a greater impact on the UN since the former allies ...



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