11Stalin wanted to create a perfect Communist state in Russia. He made himself into a godlike figure to support his absolute power.
12“We receive our sun from Stalin, We receive our prosperous life from Stalin…Even the good life in the tundras filled with snowstormsWe made together with him,With the son of Lenin,With Stalin the Wise.”
13Out of fear that other Communists were plotting against him, Stalin launched the Great Purge in 1934.?
14Almost 800,000 people Stalin thought were “disloyal” were executed; some were sent to prison camps; 4 million were killed altogether.
35By the time Stalin died in 1953, the Soviet Union had become a military and industrial leader. However, over 20 million Soviets died under Stalin’s brutal system and Soviets lived meager lives compared with the West.