Secret Police in Stalinist Russia

Totalitarianism in Stalinist Russia
• Totalitarianism- is a concept in which the state holds total authority
over the society and seeks to control all aspects of public and private
life wherever possible
Secret Police in Stalinist Russia
Please watch the following video:
In this excerpt, the French ambassador to the Soviet Union describes
the public trials that were part of the “great purges” of Stalin…
“I personally attended the second and third Moscow trial, those of
1937 and 1938…one defendant arose …confessed…to a number of
crimes. Did these “confessions carry any share of truth?”. It is possible
that he accused were hostile to Stalin’s regime. It is possible that the
accused gave in to some form of pressure…Some would give in to save
their families, others in the hope of saving their own lives.”
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• Propaganda
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harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.
• Turn and talk, “How is the name for Stalin, “Papa Joe”, propaganda?
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