High Stalinism: renewed terror

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High Stalinism was characterised by a revival of terror overseen by Beria, the Head of the NKVD

  • The NKVD was strengthened and reorganised and more gulags were created
  • Far fewer people were killed than in the Great Terror, however, tens of thousands were arrested each year for 'counter-revolutionary activities'
  • Stalin enforced isolation from the non-Soviet world
  • Western influence was blocked completely: non-communist foreign papers were banned, foreign radio transmissions were banned and only a few 'approved' foreign books were translated into Russian
  • Only pro-Soviet foreign citizens were allowed into the USSR and very few Soviet citizens were allowed to visit the West
  • People were arrested for speaking to foreigners


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