Joseph Stalin: Red Terror

Feb 07, 1996 on fyi, at 8:00 PM


He held absolute power over the Soviet Union for 29 years. His legacy arguably surpasses even Hitler's he sent over 20 million of his own countrymen to their deaths! Josef Stalin is one of the greatest tyrants of all time. Since the collapse of the S... (more)oviet Union the extent of his atrocities have been revealed to a stunned world and he has taken his place alongside Hitler as one of the most reviled leaders of the century. This comprehensive portrait revisits the life of "Uncle Joe" through astonishing Soviet archival film and an astonishing collection of interviews. Biographers Robert Conquest and Edvard Radzinsky explore his disastrous reforms including the collectivization of agriculture and his massive purges. Former interpreter Valentin Berezhkov offers a first-person view of the dictator while purge victim Dr. Janusz Bardach talks about his time in the Gulags. And in a rare interview Mikail Gorbachev explores the rise rule and legacy of the most infamous of all his predecessors. BIOGRAPHY proudly presents a definitive history of one of the most important compelling and hated men in history.

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