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Did Stalin kill all Soviet officers involved in the Winter War?

Wikipedia article on the Winter War The 3 top Soviet officers (apart from Stalin): Kliment Voroshilov: died 2 December 1969. Semyon Timoshenko: died 31 March 1970. Kirill Meretskov: died 30 December ...
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Why did Stalin and the Soviet leadership have Leon Trotsky assassinated?

Trotsky, as the leader of the Fourth International, was a direct competitor to Stalin as the Leader of the World Worker Movement. Stalin needed all the communists to be subservient to him, especially ...
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How did the world react to Trotsky's assassination?

Short Answer Despite the 'distraction' of World War II, Trotsky's assassination was widely reported and commented on, but the 'interest' did not last except among Trotskyists. Stalin's Soviet Union ...
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Is this anecdote about Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill true?

Stalin made the suggestion of executing 50,000 German officers at the Tehran Conference in 1943. The story was reported by President Roosevelt’s son Elliot and in Churchill's memoirs after the war. ...
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Did Stalin kill all Soviet officers involved in the Winter War?

Certainly not "all officers", but some: According to Robert Edwards, the [44th] division's Commander A. Vinogradev managed to escape, but later, on the orders of Stalin's emissary, Lev Mekhlis, ...
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Why did the rest of the Eastern Bloc not invade Yugoslavia?

The main Wikipedia article on the Tito–Stalin split is not quite as definitive about the alleged invasion plans, saying simply that: Between 1948 and 1952, the Soviet Union encouraged its allies to ...
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Did Stalin prevent the partitioning of Bulgaria by the western Allies after WW2?

The Percentages Agreement reached between Britain and the USSR over influence in Europe encountered some difficulties over Bulgaria. A point that the great powers agreed over, however, was that ...
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Why was Stalin surprised by the German attack in June 1941?

David Glantz in his book Barbarossa: Hitler's Invasion of Russia 1941 mentions several contributing factors. Stalin wanted to believe that Hitler would hold to the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. This is ...
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Did Soviet people know Stalin's birth name?

Of course it was widely known. In Lenin's case, in 1924 they even renamed his native city Ulyanovsk. For instance, the History of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks): Short Course, which was ...
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Why was Stalin surprised by the German attack in June 1941?

I don't know a ton about this topic, but in Molotov Remembers, a reprint of a bunch of conversations with Molotov in the 70s and 80s, the interviewer asks a lot of questions about this topic. Molotov ...
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Why were Soviet attitudes towards Israel inconsistent in the late 40's and 50's?

The policies of Soviet Union were never determined by "hate" or other emotions. They were always pragmatic. (For example, they "hated" Nazism when they found it useful, and then suddenly made a U-...
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What was the logic behind Stalin's brutality?

Summary: Don't confuse cause and effect - Stalin succeeded because he was the most brutal and ruthless Politburo member. Only someone even more brutal and ruthless could have succeeded in his place. ...
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Did Stalin have full control of the government in 1936?

Yes, by 1936 Stalin was firmly in control. In fact, any non-underground opposition was officially finished by the XVII Congress of the CPSU in 1934 - there, all the leaders of the former opposition (...
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How did historians find out about the undoctored version of Stalin's doctored photographs?

I found the answer: It’s thought that Stalin’s obsession with photo doctoring constituted a mini industry in the USSR. Publishers were contacted by Stalin’s minions and told to eliminate the enemy ...
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Why did Stalin exile Trotsky instead of killing or imprisoning him?

According to Trotsky (excrept from Коминтерн и ГПУ, published in Бюллетень оппозиции (большевиков-ленинцев) № 85, translation mine): In 1928 […] not only the shooting squad, but even arrest would ...
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Why was Stalin OK with the UN's headquaters being placed in the US?

You might be surprised to learn that the USSR voted for it. While the UK, France, Netherlands, and even Canada voted for a European HQ, the rest of the delegates supported a location in America. The ...
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How did Charles de Gaulle become the leading figure of French liberation movement?

Why did Churchill choose de Gaulle to lead the French resistance? (and was it really up to Churchill to decide?) Churchill could decide among what he had available. De Gaulle was in the UK, had the ...
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Why was Stalin surprised by the German attack in June 1941?

Stalin received a large number of contradictory puzzle pieces. He and his intelligence analysts believed the information which suggested no attack yet and disbelieved the information which suggested ...
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Is there evidence that Stalin stopped religious persecution during WW2?

First of all, all the churches were never closed, although a lot of them were. Religious practices were never disallowed, although they were strongly discouraged at best. There were semi-official ...
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Why were Soviet attitudes towards Israel inconsistent in the late 40's and 50's?

In 1947 Egypt, Transjordan, Iraq, and Iran were extremely friendly towards the British and the Trucial States and Aden were British protectorates. Saudi Arabia was extremely friendly with the USA. ...
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How did historians find out about the undoctored version of Stalin's doctored photographs?

Originals of these doctored photographs of course survived. In most cases the photograph was published shortly after it was made. At a later time it was doctored and published again. Then every effort ...
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Is the assertion that the A-bomb deterred Stalin plausible?

What were Joseph Stalin's reactions to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Stalin knew all about the Manhattan project thanks to his spies. He was, however, rather surprised by the ...
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Did Stalin describe Beria as his Himmler?

The most detailed account I've seen is from Montefiore (2003): On the 8th, after another meeting, they dined with Stalin at the Yusupov Palace [...] This epic dinner boasted one unusual guest: Stalin ...
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Why were Soviet attitudes towards Israel inconsistent in the late 40's and 50's?

The Soviet Union's policy in the Middle East was "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." Despite the Soviet distaste for Israel's pro Democratic leanings, the Soviet Union initially tilted towards ...
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Did Stalin's son, Yakov, commit suicide?

It seems the best argument for the suicidal aspect of his death is presented by this report from The Telegraph:Revealed: how Stalin's brutal massacre at Katyn shamed his PoW son into suicide. Some of ...
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Why did Stalin and the Soviet leadership have Leon Trotsky assassinated?

Stalin had Trotsky assassinated for personal reasons. These can be seen if you read The Revolution Betrayed and Stalin by Trotsky, and Stalin: A biography by Robert Service which sums up Trotsky's ...
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Why did Stalin and the Soviet leadership have Leon Trotsky assassinated?

First of all, Trotsky had contested the succession to Lenin with Stalin. If Lenin had been in better health in his last days, Trotsky might have won because Lenin preferred him. So Trotsky was an ...
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Why did Stalin and the Soviet leadership have Leon Trotsky assassinated?

I think you need to reverse your question: why not kill him? When the death sentence was passed on Bukharin, Stalin's long-neutralised and powerless former rival, Bukharin was allowed to write a ...
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Did Stalin disarm the Chinese Communist Party around 1927?

The disarmanent theory would seem not to be the case. That's because Stalin's agent in China was one Mikhail Borodin. Up to about 1925, Stalin, through Borodin, had maintained a fairly even-handed ...
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