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In the beginning Communism seemed to the people of Russia as a utopian ideal The promise of the elimination of classes of guaranteed employment The creation of a comprehensive social security and welfare system for all citizens that would end the misery of workers once and for all Lenins own interpretation of the Marxian critique was that to achieve Communism there would first have to be a socialist dictatorship to first suppress any dissent or protest Through coercive tactics this new government seized power and in 1917 Lenin came to power Under his rule Russia underwent radical changes in its economic doctrines adopting a mixed which was termed the New Economic Policy also referred to as NEP This economy called for some private ownership of the means of production but the majority of industry was made property of the people which meant the majority of the means of production was controlled by the government Lenins government made many achievements It ended a long civil war against the remnants of the old Tsarist military system and established institutions in government During this period censorship and the subordination of interest groups such as trade unions was imposed to stop dissension and increase conformity to the new government policies After Lenins death in 1924 Joseph Stalin quickly gained control of the Communist party and the oppressive reforms started by Lenin were continued and at length became completely totalitarian Stalin was able to attain control as a result of a multitude of reasons He was not however Lenins choice for a successor Lenin believed that Trotsky was the best suitable to take the Communist party to the next level Trotsky was not all that popular among party members though and Stalin was in a position as Gen Sek or General Secretary to place his people in powerful positions throughout the party Also Stalin worked extremely hard at achieving power whereas Trotsky was rather lazy Because of these reasons
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