How does one kill 90 million of your own population and manage to still be seen as a hero by a great amount of russians
They were all part of Russian Empire, which had less than 140 millions before WWI and Civil War and secession of Poland, Baltics and Finland. And then there was WWII.
I guess, we'll have to admit: all Russians are zombies.
That would explain some things, though.
Eastern european here.
It's an easy answer, OP. You just need to have an ultra dumb sheep art of kinda people that are building the 95% of the whole population, who are going to believe in everything that you say on the radio or later on the tv. When you have a mass that is not able to think, to think objectivley or criticaly, then you get Stalin and the whole worshipping to him as an example.
Those who had different opinions about Stalin and his policy were already killed in the beggining of his ruling.. Trotsky and many many others like him were just destroyed. So... dumb and controlled mass. What's more perfect than that for a dictator?
His dictatorship is still kinda a factor in the eastern europeans mainly because they are not educated enough and believe (like 85% of all) that Russia should save the world from the empirelist powers...
>Decades of brainwashing and propaganda.
Kind of a hilarious accusation when the op and your posts are classic examples of it. "I was taught to hate my government's enemies. Surely this enemy was a very bad man, just like I was taught in school because why would they lie? The fact millions who actually lived under him, even generations after his death and post critical evaluation disagree or at least have a much more nuanced view means nothing. The millions are obviously wrong, me and my teacher are the only sane ones." Critical thinking yo.
I don't think you need to be brainwashed to think ill of a man who was indisputably responsible for the deaths of at least several million people and much else besides.
Oh, and I'm sure those millions that lived under Mr Totalitarian Dictator formed their "nuanced view" on Mr Totalitarian Dictator via balanced historiographical analysis of Mr Totalitarian Dictator's actions and weren't subject to mass cognitive conditioning by...uh...Mr Totalitarian Dictator.
Furthermore, I don't feel as if this subdued articulation of my opinion has effectively conveyed my disgust at the vacuity of your post, not to mention my contempt for you as an individual. Ergo I refer you to pic related.
>Not mentioning the "five-years plan" that led to this.
>costing the price of millions of civilians that could be included in the statistics.
>calling it ''progress''
>no mentioning of the camps full with exciled people by the order of the gread leader
>u wot m8
>hurr durr soviets gr8 m8
The whole thread is about how it gets "disputed" all the time.
He promised that it would be the key to a classless utopia society.
Remember, the population of the Soviet Union didn't know he was killing that much beforehand, and they believed that they were evil nazi infiltrators who wanted to destroy their attempt at a perfect society.
Combine that with winning WWII, and you're left with a regime that can get away with almost anything. You'd be amazed how easy it is to rally people behind your cause when you've defeated what is perceived as the single most evil political system ever
almost this. It wasn't just that he won the war, the USSR was attacked by an entity that wanted to annihilate it and Stalin "saved" the USSR.
so people can pass off his crimes as something that had to be done to preserve the state from a foreign aggressor
>hero by a great amount of russians
Do not trust the gossip, an English speaking dude.
>How does one kill 90 million of your own population
He killed much more, about 900 millions or 1,5 milliards!
and all of them he killed personally from his an own pistol, and some of them from his an own dagger, and some special his victims died into chambers fulled by smoke of his the tobacco pipe!
have it on personal authority from Robert Service and RJ Rummel that Iosef Stalin personally killed 9 billion people. This isn't all, he further ordered 14 trillion russians killed due to the hyperwar.
>How does one kill 90 million of your own population and manage to still be seen as a hero by a great amount of russians
I don't think Russians give a fuck about all the Ukranian's who starved to death. So at least halve that number.