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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving tribute to Soviet Citizens, 9 Jan 2014
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This is a detailed analysis of the impact of the effects of extreme Sovietisation on the Russian peoples. It clearly sets of the changes made by Lenin to Marx theories and then again by the style of communism imposed by Stalin. Stalin's ruleby fear is utterly exposed for what it was. Nothing at all to do with the theories espoused by Marx and Engels, Stalinism really was a type of communism of its very own. The ruthless, stupidity of the policies imposed on people reduced them to a level of utter fear of denunciation, ostracism and penal servitude, often on barely circumstantial and flimsy "evidence" . Figes has gone to tremendous lengths in this book to obtain first hand accounts of the Great Terror, the state security services such as the NKVD and Cheka. It brings right home to the reader, the real risks and fear under which Soviet citizens were crushed into submission by a corrupt, crass, ineffective, bullying, dim Political elite. Excellent book!
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