Joseph Stalin’s Revolutionary Zeal and Its Consequences
Stalin was not considered as Lenin’s successor; his revolutionary zeal helped him to take control over the party and to become its most powerful person. After the death of Lenin in 1924, the party had been divided into two parts: Left and Right. Arguing with the Left part, Stalin expelled all its members and ordered to kill almost all of them. A. O. Avdienko indicates that Stalin wanted to cut the personality, writers, artist filmmakers, and other people of the creative professions were unable to express themselves and had to follow the unified rules of Ministry.
Inside the party, members were unable to contradict him or to suggest some ideas that could be treated as treason. His social, economic, and agrarian reforms are famous for the terroristic methods of its providing. Russian nationalism played a significant role in Stalin’s policy. This idea is closely related to Pan-Slavism, and it is based on the idea of integration of all Slavs. Although Stalin was Georgian, such idea of total integration was similar to the communistic ideology and will to provide the revolutions all over the world.
The justification for singling out the kulaks as the enemies of the revolution was an idea that all citizens have to be equal and rather poor than rich. Stalin was successful in motivating people to attack the kulaks because most citizens were poor, and the idea of equality seemed fair. Although Lev Kopelev was one of Stalin’s supporters and arrested many kulaks after the Second World War, he was accused of treason and arrested. Fanatical believes in ideology always lead to a tragic end.