Stallin' democracy? Ft. Samantha Lomb, Assistant professor at Vyatka State University

If asked to name the most oppressive Russian or Soviet Leader, Joseph Stalin is likely to be among the first to come up. The great terror of the 1930s, with millions executed or sent to the gulags, still haunts Russia. What is much less known is that, barely a year before the purges, Stalin sought to democratize Soviet society and society resisted. These paradoxes of Soviet power have come to light thanks to Samantha Lomb, a young American academic from Pittsburgh.

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