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World War II[edit | edit source]
But later on, in 1941, Hitler turned against Stalin and attacked the Soviet Union, trying to conquer it. After this happened, the USSR began working with the Allies to defeat Germany. In the end, Germany lost, but the USSR had more casualties than any other country during the war.
When the World War II was over, the Soviet army ended up occupying many countries in Europe, such as Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and part of Germany, imposing Marxism-Leninism on these countries.
Stalin continued to rule over the Soviet Union until he died. Stalin also militarized Russia by focusing the country's time and energy towards weapons, vehicles, and the armed forces.
Stalin died on March 5, 1953. It was officially said to be because of a stroke. In 2003, however, a group of Russian and American historians said that they believed Stalin had been poisoned with warfarin, possibly by the men who took over the government after Stalin died. Led by Lavrentiy Beria, these were Nikita Khrushchev and Georgi Malenkov. The three of them began a process called "De-Stalinization", which meant taking apart much of the political system that Stalin made. Stalin was denounced as a tyrant, however, after outsmarting and defeating his rivals, Krushchev established a personal control over the government comparable to Stalin's own, even if he never went as far in murdering millions of people.
Sources[edit | edit source]
- The initial version of this article on Vikidia is a copy of the article Joseph Stalin on the Simple English Wikipedia.
References[edit | edit source]
- http://www.pbs.org/redfiles/bios/all_bio_joseph_stalin.htm |title=Biography: Joseph Stalin |work=pbs.org |accessdate=03 October 2014
- "Secret documents reveal Stalin was poisoned". PRAVDA.Ru. 29 December 2005. http://english.pravda.ru/history/29-12-2005/9457-stalin-0/.
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