The other day, I was having a conversation about corruption in Russia under Putin rule, and his use of 'altered' historical narratives according to what would more beneficial to his rule as Russia's President. Putin has stated in official speeches that the collapse of the Soviet Union was the 'catastrophe of the century'. So, I told my colleague that during the initial years of Stalin's rule there was the great famine, that killed millions. He then replied those deaths were akin to what happened in Europe during the industrial revolution.
Hence my question:
In which way are the industrial revolution and the famine during the first years of Soviet rule comparable? In which way are they not?