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Recommended by Mr Hayden. "A superb crime novel set in Stalinist Russia. The pace and action is breathtaking, I could not put it down. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone with an interest in twentieth century history."

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Stalinist Propaganda Posters

I have no information about this poster except that it's STALIN HOLDING A BABY. If I were that kid's parents I would be holding my breath so hard right now, given what happened to this other little girl: http://wonderfulthingsdaily.blogspot.co.uk/2006/12/presidents-and-babies.html

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Trotsky's grandson recalls ice pick killing

It's 75 years since Trotsky, already expelled from the Soviet Communist Party and exiled, went to start a new life in Mexico. But he was hunted down in Mexico City by Stalinist assassins.

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Northwest and Plateau Native American Tribes Lesson

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10 reasons why you need to visit Tirana

10 reasons why you need to visit Tirana - Albania’s capital used to regularly top lists for Europe's worst city. Decades of Stalinist rule left Tirana grey and grim, lacking in both infrastructure and services. The collapse of communism in 1992 only worsened the …

East Berlin. 1974. Parade of Volksarmee on Karl Marx Allee for May 1st celebrations.

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Inside North Korea: fascinating images of the world's most secretive state

"Part of my time in Pyongyang was spent in a barber's chair where in addition to a haircut I received a strong shoulder massage. I paid $10, probably five times the amount paid by locals, but it was more than worth it both for the trim and the experience." Picture: Mark Edward Harris

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Things not to miss - #01 THE CARPATHIANS Stunning mountain scenery, under two hours from the capital. #02 SIGHISOARA Beautiful medieval citadel in the heart of Transylvania, with authentic Dracula connections. #03 BUCHAREST Hectic traffic, Stalinist architecture, pretty residential streets and good dining and nightlife. #04 …

Things not to miss - #01 THE CARPATHIANS Stunning mountain scenery, under two hours from the capital. #02 SIGHISOARA Beautiful medieval citadel in the heart of Transylvania, with authentic Dracula connections. #03 BUCHAREST Hectic traffic, Stalinist architecture, pretty residential streets and good dining and nightlife. #04 …

Joseph Stalin - His policies led to the imprisonment, deportation, exile and execution of many of the Russian citizens. His policies that changed Russia from an agrarian society to an industrial power so disrupted the country's agriculture that it created the catastrophic Soviet famine of 1932-33. The campaign that resulted in the Great Purge saw the execution of hundreds of thousands. This included major figures in the Communist Party. I remember listening to reports of his death in 1953.

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