Purge of Party members and national minorities

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Purge of Party members

  • Lower-ranking Party members were encouraged to criticise and denounce those in higher positions
  • Party members were accused of anti-Soviet actions such as supporting right-wing economic policy in the 1920s
  • Party secretaries and higher officials accused  those below them of being counter-revolutionaries as a means of showing how loyal they were to the regime
  • By the end of 1938, a third of all Party members had been purged

National minorities

  • Stalin assumed…

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