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Stalin ruled Russia from 1928 to 1953 He had some short-term impact on Russia but he was single-minded and not pragmatic- unlike Lenin- therefore his impact was mostly long-term A significant belief of Lenins had been that everybody should be equal Where women were concerned Stalin had other ideas He reversed many laws from the 1920s relating to womens emancipation in favour of strengthening the family For example divorce and child support if unmarried became more difficult to obtain abortion was made illegal and women lost rights in the family Reasons being that many children had been born out of marriage By 1930 Moscow was awash with a high number of homeless children who had no family and were seen as a stain on the perfect communist society that Stalin aspired to Women lost the rights they had received under Lenins rule silently infuriating them Traditional Russians tsar-like minded were pleased to see women relegated to the second class again It had mixed impact for different groupsLike the women under Stalins Russia artists and freethinkers were oppressed and reverted to the Tsarist-like censorship Individuality was forbidden under Stalin and writers and artists were forced to produce work that glorified workers peasants and the revolution Likewise newspapers were strictly censored and communist papers were exclusive Education had been of great importance to both leaders and was strictly controlled under Stalin The old Tsarist forms of education eg discipline and examinations were abolished This produced a batch of poorly educated and unruly pupils In 1932 Stalin introduced a rigid programme of education ie exams were reintroduced and much more discipline History was a subject Stalin wanted children to mainly focus on especially as he had textbooks rewritten to exaggerate his greatness and importance to historic events pasting himself onto many photos and erasing people like Trotsky This was tightly controlled by the government and acted as propaganda in favour of Stalin also Outside of school time Stalin
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