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Another change under Stalin was that there was an equality of rights forwomen They were urged to work outside the home and to liberate themselvessexually Divorces and abortions were also made very easy Young women wereconstantly told that they should be fully equal to men that they could andshould do anything men could do McKay 932 Most women had to workoutside the home because it took both the husband and wife working to supporttheir family But the woman had a heavy burden of household chores in her offhours Soviet men still considered the home and the children the wifesresponsibilities McKay 933 Along with some of these beneficial changes that Stalin made to societycame some non-beneficial ones specifically the purges One of the first to beeliminated was Stalins wife Nadezhda Alliluyeva who after being ridiculed byher husband at a party for the fifteenth anniversary of the revolution onNovember 8 1932 apparently shot herself Lewis 83-84 McKay 930 Then atfour oclock in the afternoon of December 1 1934 a young disillusionedCommunist named Leonid V Nikolaev shot Stalins number-two man Sergei Kirovwho had just been offered Stalins job of General Secretary from the seniormembers of the Party Marrin 116 Lewis 86 McKay 930 Treadgold 278 Stalin used Kirovs death to launch a reign of terror Stalin blamedKirovs death on foreign powers the exiled Trotsky and the moderates Stalinordered the purification of the party On August 19 1936 sixteen oldBolsheviks were publicly tried for conspiring with Trotsky and for the murder ofKirov Dmytryshyn 179-181 Treadgold 279 Anyone connected anyway to Nikolayevwas also arrested Robert Conquest explainsEveryone who was remotely connected with the case was seized One womanhad worked as a librarian at the Young Communist Club in Leningrad which hadbeen disbanded in the mid-twenties but with which Nikolayev had in some waybeen associated Not only was she arrested but also her sister with whom shelived her sisters husband
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