The USSR became influential in Eastern Europe
- At the end of the Second World War, the USSR's Red Army occupied Eastern Europe. Stalin had no intention of keeping the promise he made at Yalta to allow free elections in Poland.
- Between 1945 and 1948, Stalin installed pro-Soviet "puppet" governments in Poland, Hungary. Romania, Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia. Free speech was suppressed.
- Non-communist parties were banned, and even communist parties…