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During the post-war years of 1945-1949 the USSR adopted a policy of sovietization and set about its expansion into Eastern Europe by creating Moscow-friendly satellite states The USSR saw this as a purely defensive action while the West saw this as evidence of Russias expansionist nature Hence Soviet Unions move into Eastern Europe was much cause of the conflict between the West and Russia One of the motivating forces behind Stalins expansionist policy into Europe was that of overseas economic expansion By this we mean that one of Stalins main reasons for creating satellite states in Eastern Europe was to ensure that he could have enough markets to trade with and to ensure USSRs influence over the economies of the other countries However there are other more important factors dictating its policy towards Europe like USSRs search for security Towards the end of World War Two the Soviet Red Army swept through Eastern Europe as they liberated them from the Nazis However the Red Army never left Eastern Europe The need to restore law and order into these countries provided Stalin with the perfect excuse to station his troops there This allowed Stalin to tighten his grip over the region later on making it easier for him to exert the Soviet sphere of influence as the presence of the Red Army gave local communist parties a lot of support These communist parties then went on to win rigged elections in their own countries Also after the war there was a political vacuum in many countries in Eastern Europe Their economies were shattered so to rebuild them their governments followed the economic policies of the Soviet Union The USSR took over all industry and workers and farmers were told what to produce As stated earlier on one of the main factors that dictated this expansionist policy towards Europe was the need to expand into Eastern Europes economies This often meant that the USSR ended up
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