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Mar
3
comment Is this true that the Soviet Army soldiers had no helmets in the beginning of WW2?
It was called "Red Army" at the time.
Mar
3
comment How compare the rights and conditions of the American slaves to those of Russian serfs?
@jwenting I do not think that there were any legal difficulties in freeing own serfs. Regarding positions, many of the serfs were indeed elevated to become architects, painters, ballet dancers etc.
Mar
1
comment How compare the rights and conditions of the American slaves to those of Russian serfs?
@Darek Wędrychowski There was a case of landowner Daria Saltykova who herself killed 107 people. The peasants who reported to police were arrested and sent to Siberia "for false accusations". But somebody managed to appeal directly to the empress. A trial sentenced Saltykova to beheading, but empress commuted it to life imprisonment. She died in prison 30 years later. Also a priest was punished who helped to hide the deaths.
Feb
28
asked How compare the rights and conditions of the American slaves to those of Russian serfs?
Feb
27
comment Why and how did some Germans choose to join the Stasi (Staatssicherheit)?
@Felix Goldberg What is a reason to suspect they could? In GDR there was much more order than in many other countries. If somebody would be beaten he could appeal to the prosecutor and that case would be very much known.
Feb
26
accepted Psychology in the 19th century
Feb
26
comment What was the situation of homosexuals in the early Soviet Union?
@jwenting any sources about millions in mental hospitals? Any sources that mental patients were used for hard labor?
Feb
26
comment Why and how did some Germans choose to join the Stasi (Staatssicherheit)?
@Felix Goldberg I meant it is highly unlikely that people in Stasi were enjoying beating people with impunity.
Feb
26
comment What was the situation of homosexuals in the early Soviet Union?
@jwenting you are completely wrong. There were no forced medical treatment of homosexualism before it was criminalised not to say, inmates of mental hospitals newer were used for any kind of serious labor.
Feb
26
comment What was the situation of homosexuals in the early Soviet Union?
@Felix Goldberg how the Provisional Government could create the RSFSR criminal code?
Feb
25
revised Are there non-russian sources related to how Rurikid Dynasty became rulers of Russia?
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Feb
25
revised Psychology in the 19th century
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Feb
24
comment Why and how did some Germans choose to join the Stasi (Staatssicherheit)?
"you get to bully people around with impunity, even beat them up and if you've powerful enough friends kill them" LOL. Definitely not the case of GDR, -1
Feb
24
revised Psychology in the 19th century
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Feb
24
asked Psychology in the 19th century
Feb
21
comment How many non-partisan (independent) legislature members were in the USA compared to the USSR?
@Felix Goldberg this deserves opening a new question.
Feb
21
comment What was Vyshinsky's position about extrajudical repressions in the USSR?
@Felix Goldberg it was before the purges started. Of course, after the repressions were criticized everybody would say the same. May be I am wrong and he in fact was critical in 1936 rather than 1937.
Feb
21
comment What was Vyshinsky's position about extrajudical repressions in the USSR?
@Felix Goldberg i heard that in some party meeting in 1937 he was critical of the proposed repressions and called for uniform application of law.
Feb
21
comment How many non-partisan (independent) legislature members were in the USA compared to the USSR?
@Felix Goldberg I mean in the East Germany or N Korea there was a formal organization like "Popular front" that included the main party and some others. In the USSR there was no such thing - when a candidate was nominated by another organization, the Communists would retract their own candidate. This was called "block". You in the answer say there was a formal block.
Feb
21
comment How many non-partisan (independent) legislature members were in the USA compared to the USSR?
@jwenting of course, not.