Interesting read, thanks stephen. I always thought Stalin got off a bit lightly in the history books. I don't remember much mention of him at all in the history that was taught to me at school, but the true figures are staggering. 13 million executed and died in camps from 1928-53 - only just below the number of outright murders by the Nazis.
Makes it all the more unbelievable the changes Khrushchev managed to push through in his de-stalinisation programs. I ploughed through his memoirs [Khrushchev Remembers] a few years ago, heavy but worthwhile reading.
Looks like Godfrey was right to be a bit wary of the Bolshies!
I think the reason Stalin got off so easy Ivarr was simply because he ended up on the allied side, he was in my opinion as blood thirsty and as cruel as Hitler, as well as his own people he attacked the Finns and he and Hitler destroyed Poland between them.
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