Similarities and Differences between the leaderships of Stalin and Lenin 

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  • Similarities and Differences between the leaderships of Stalin and Lenin
    • Stalin had risen to power only after Russia had already experienced a Communist regime
    • Stalin was a Communist Party leader, his radical ideas led him to eliminate those who opposed him
    • Stalin maintained economic control by employing socialist methodology whereas he employed rigid communist control in order to oppress enemies and sustain control
    • Stalin established the principle of communism in one wcountry which effectively stripped Russia of its communication with other nations and sought isolation
    • Lenin utilised socialist ideas to ensure complete economic control over property and business
    • Both leaders ruled with iron fist and sought total economic, intellectual and political authority
    • Lenin had gained power after the Russian state had overthrown the Tsarist government, he took control of of a democratic republic
    • Stalin rose to power after Russian society had already lived under a dictatorship
    • Lenin believed that violence was only justified when overthrowing the tsar and liberal bourgeoisie government, Bolsheviks actually opposed the death penalty
    • Stalin was very authoritarian he supported forced rather than voluntary peasant collectivisation and had kulaks exposed
    • Lenin's own ideology revolved mostly around socialism and its principles, exemplified by the name Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
    • Lenin's views on social equality were much more liberal, he legalised homosexual relationships, empowered women, legalised abortions and organised Soviets Women Congress

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