Joseph Stalin: The Great Purge In The USSR

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Throughout the year, many genocides have taken place. A genocide is the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation. One that you may not know much about is Stalin’s Purge in the USSR. Stalin’s purge is often referred to as the Great Purge or the Great Terror. This happened in the 1930’s in the Soviet Union. By examining the life of Joseph Stalin, the number of executions of political prisoners, and the aftermath of the genocide, it is clear that Stalin’s genocide was one of the worst things to happen in the world.
The perpetrator was Joseph Stalin. He was the dictator of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, also known as the USSR. Stalin was not like other dictators. He was a
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These people ranged from his own army officers to the countries peasants. Stalin knew that mixed in with his followers were people who could turn against him at any time. To pick those people out, he set up fake organizations that were told to help topple the government. In over a thirty year time period, Stalin killed about ten million people. In 1936 Joseph Stalin produced a new constitution for the Soviet Union. The constitution guaranteed Soviet citizens freedom from arbitrary arrest and the right of defense in a public trial before an independent judge "subject only to the law." These rights seemed to parallel those found in the U.S. Constitution (“The Stalin Purges”). But while everyone thought he was a good guy and trying to help them, on the inside he was planning the arrest of thousands of Communist party members and government officials. To try to maintain safe during all of the chaos, many people would blame the person right besides them for whatever they were blamed for, even though most people were innocent of any…show more content…
The “Great Purge” came to an end in 1939. While Stalin provided much terror to his country, he allowed many good things to come out in the end. He saved Russia from being invaded by Hitler. Stalin also influenced industrialization. He transformed the Soviet Union from a peasant society, into an industrial and military superpower (“History.com”). This opened up a windows of jobs for peasants and immigrants. Unemployment in Russia at that time was almost non-existent. Today, the unemployment rate is Russia is at 5.1%. That is a huge jump from when Stalin ruled.. Sadly, with all peasants working in factories, there were many food shortages. There were not very many farmers at the time, and Stalin was in charge of food being transported into the country. Since Stalin died, society in Russia has mainly remained the same. Many families were split up and destroyed. This caused many people to not trust anyone. Together, people were left in a state of dismay. Even though what he did was truly horrifying, some still looked up to Stalin as a godly figure for attempting to purify there

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