How did Joseph Stalin used to intimidate and punish his political opponents in the Soviet Union?
June 27, 2017 5:25AM
Very much the same methods that Hitler used- he would have suspected opponents of his regime continually watched and surveyed, then have the KGB spring upon them when they were not expecting it and have them arrested and subject to systematic interrogation, torture, and threats to their families and loved ones as a means of forcing false confessions out of them. With others he wouldn't bother even doing this, he would just have them executed or sent away to the gulag camps of Siberia for many years, where many hundreds of thousands of people died of starvation, cold, overwork or ill-treatment by the camp guards. Hitler, Stalin and Chairman Mao all used these methods to quell dissent- so did Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Stalin killed millions of people, and George Orwell's novel 'Nineteen Eighty Four' is meant to be a thinly-veiled condemnation of Stalin's Soviet Union. If you've ever read this, the way that Winston Smith is treated is typical of the methods Stalin used against dissidents.