had escaped Stalin's purges. By 1944, the Germans had been pushed out of the Soviet Union onto the banks of the Vistula river, just east of Prussia. Millions of Poles, Latvians, Georgians, Ukrainians and other ethnic minorities were deported to Gulags in Siberia. Martin Mccauley, Stalin and Stalinism (3rd. And this trust of the Russian people in the Soviet Government was the decisive strength, which secured the historic victory over the enemy of humanity over fascism." 46 World War II resulted in enormous destruction of infrastructure and populations throughout Eurasia, from the Atlantic.
Measures used against opposition and suspected opposition ranged from imprisonment in work camps ( Gulags ) to execution to assassination (of Trotsky's son Lev Sedov and likely of Sergey Kirov Trotsky himself was to die at the hands of one of Stalin's assassins in 1940). 18 By 1938, the mass purges were starting to disrupt the country's infrastructure, and Stalin began winding them down. With the onset of the Cold War, anti-Western propaganda was stepped up, with the capitalist world depicted as a decadent place where crime, unemployment, and poverty were rampant. With wages artificially depressed, the state could afford to employ far more workers than would be financially viable in a market economy. RusNet : Links, russische zakenwereld, russische ruimtevaart, geschiedenis ru, crimean Station of Young Technicians, Simferopol, Crimea, ex-U.S.S.R.