BLUFIn the 1930's Soviet leader Joseph Stalin killed all potential rivals, about half of his officer corps and nearly a million other people who were deemed untrustworthy.
This article by C N Trueman from The History Learning Site makes the following points:
- The purges in the USSR started in the mid-1930s
- Joseph Stalin was determined not to share power and eliminate potential threats.
- The murder of the popular party head of Leningrad, Sergei Kirov, provided an excuse to begin his Politburo sanctioned purges.
- The NKVD (secret police) imprisoned and tortured 'Trotskyites', getting, or trying to get, 'confessions'.
- Families were liable for 'crimes' committed by their husbands or father.
- Plotting to kill Stalin was a standard charge.
- Show trials inevitability had a guilty verdict.
- Many were sent to gulags.
- About one million party members were executed, and 10 million were sent to gulags, with many dying.
- Stalin used the purges to promote people he trusted.
- Even the NKVD was ultimately purged under the guise of being infiltrated by fascists.
- The purges ended in August 1940 with the assassination in Mexico of Leon Trotsky.
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