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As I see it, the value of the Soviets telegraphing they indented to honor their treaty with the Czechs would be to call the German's bluff. The Czechs were no push over and the German army was not ready. With a promise of Soviet troops it's possible the Czechs would have decided to fight and the Germans would not have invaded. How possible was it to for the ...


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It is very difficult or impossible to compare. By some standards almost all Soviet citizens were poor. By other standards they were OK. There is no adequate conversion rate of the Soviet rouble. Prices in roubles were not true market prices: most of them were arbitrarily established by the state. Many things were cheap but not easily available. Let me ...


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I see very limited options how the Soviets could have helped Czechoslovakia during a potential war with Germany. Diplomatically, crossing into Polish airspace would not be possible - Poland was at odds with both the USSR and Czechoslovakia. Romania, on the other hand, was in an alliance with Czechoslovakia so it could have allowed controlled passage of ...


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Russian Wikipedia claims this: Together with his brothers he was involved in revolutionary activities and was arrested at the age of 12. He was forced to emigrate with his family to Switzerland . And that isn't referenced directly but apparently based on the following account: At 12, Boris became a revolutionary. Together with his older brothers, he made ...


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Question: Can we compare meaningfully the poverty levels in the former USSR to those in the USA at the same time and to those in the USA today? Short Answer: The Soviet Union did not permit outside or objective reporting of embarrassing facts throughout its history. It mostly denied the existence of poverty in their system entirely, claiming poverty was a ...


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This looks like an interesting question; also, one that will be nearly impossible to answer. Yet, for some reason I figured I would try to add some more input: mainly because the other replies, as good as they are, focus on the Russian SFSR, while this was (nominally) an equal to fourteen others. Modern Russia is one of these fifteen and, therefore, cannot ...


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The Importance of Saratov The following from John Erickson's 'The Road To Stalingrad' (pp.338-339):- "Convinced that the main threat in the summer of 1942 would make it's appearance at the centre of the Soviet-German front, in the direction of Moscow, Stalin ordered a maximum concentration on this sector and at its approaches... ...The purely ...


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I will argue that 'poverty' in modern societies is more of a social construct rather than an objective reality. Roughly speaking, people at the 'bottom' of society will feel poor, even if they have more disposable income than an average person in another country. There is an objective 'extreme poverty' end of it, on the level of 'who of my children will eat ...


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I believe the writers of the documentary are referring to the final negotiation of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact. Amongst other 'spheres of influence' the original version of the proposed agreement gave Lithuania to Germany and an area of Poland between the Vistula and Bug rivers to the USSR. The latter included the entire Voivodeship of Lublin and parts of ...


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