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One part of why Stalin was so brutal may also come from Russian history and outside forces. To this day, one of the reasons Russia expands its territory and contends with such a autocratic government is to protect itself from Western control and intervention. There was the Great Game, a proto-Cold War where the United Kingdom tried to use India to spread its ...


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This seems to be more of a language problem than anything else. The Soviet Union would not impose these detailed requirements for getting a state from socialism to communism. While one might argue that Eastern European countries were somehow colonised by the USSR, one cannot argue that they were required to copy every detail the Soviet Union served as a an ...


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