Joseph Stalin And Vladimir Putin

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Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Putin are two of the most famous and influential figures of Russian history. Joseph Stalin’s iron fist ruled Russia from the mid-1920’s until his death in 1953. Under Stalin’s totalitarian government, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics played a pivotal role in several major conflicts, including World War II and the Cold War. Stalin’s main goal seemed to be expanding Russia and spreading the influence of communism. Contrastingly, Vladimir Putin has held power from 1999 to the present day. Under his government, Russia became increasingly corrupt with more aspects of a totalitarian government. Nevertheless, the Russian economy has grown at a steady rate of about seven per cent per year and poverty in Russia was halved. His overarching goal seems to be returning Russia to its former Soviet glory. Although definite differences exist between the two leaders, both leaders aim to expand Russia’s borders and power. To fully understand the difference between Stalin and Putin’s actions, an understanding of the different global backgrounds is necessary. Stalin ascended to power just before the Great Depression, thus he kept a vigilant eye on the devolving Capitalist West. In fact, he changed the Russian domestic policy so that it could better compete with America and Europe. As Stalin saw war as an inevitability, his five year plans allowed Russia to quickly industrialize. However, Stalin did not want to recklessly leap into any major wars. Like most
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