KGB- Secret Police . By: Stephen L ocke. What did the KGB do?. Arrested anyone who opposed Stalin(1) Prisoners were either interrogated, tried and executed or sent to the GULAG (Russian labor camps)(“Stalin’s”). Who was the Enforcer of the KGB?.
By: Stephen Locke
Arrested anyone who opposed Stalin(1)
Prisoners were either interrogated, tried and executed or sent to the GULAG (Russian labor camps)(“Stalin’s”).
Throughout his long career as supreme leader of the Soviet Union, Stalin believed that he had enemies around every corner.
Tending to be paranoid and to have what historian Robert Service has called a “sociopathic personality disorder,” Stalin suspected that plots and conspiracies were perpetually brewing all around him.
He assumed that all of his problems stemmed from some group that was trying to harm him, and he was resentful, vengeful, and carried grievances for years. A lifelong admirer of Ivan the Terrible
Stalin adopted Ivan’s policy of punishing not only those people he perceived to be his enemies, but also his enemies’ extended families (“Stalin’s”).
Stalin, pronounced STAH-lihn, Joseph, was dictator of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.) from 1929 until 1953. He rose from bitter poverty to become ruler of a country that covered about a sixth of the world's land area. Stalin ruled by terror during most of his years as dictator. He allowed no one to oppose his decisions. Stalin executed or jailed most of those who had helped him rise to power because he feared they might threaten his rule. Stalin also was responsible for the deaths of millions of Soviet peasants who opposed his program of collective agriculture (government control of farms). Under Stalin, the Soviet Union operated a worldwide network of Communist parties. By the time he died, Communism had spread to 11 other countries. (Stalin’s)
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