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Stalins great purges had a distressing significance during the 1930s The purges in effect started on December 1 1934 with the murder of Sergei Kirov a Leningrad party leader This act in fact helped shut Russias window to the West These great purges brought on ugly results and severely menaced the Soviet Unions power and future The purges were designed to expunge any threats of political resistance An important aspect of all Soviet Purges has been elimination of those minor figures whose fate was sealed by the defeat of their prosecutors Long before the assasination of Kirov in December 1934 Stalin managed by various political maneuvers and violent means to free himself from the control of the party masses Stalin was born on December 21 1879 in the village of Gori Georgia He was born to Vissarion and Yekaterina Dzhugashvili His father Vissarion was an unsuccessful cobbler who drank heavily and beat him When Stalin was seven he caught smallpox which marked him for life and then he caught septicemia which left his left arm slightly crippled Stalin was one of four chilren to survive infancy He lived a normal life in the 1920s surrounded by many relatives who freely expressed their thoughts and had good personal friends among the leaders in Russia However in 1932 his life took a change for the worse arguably after the suicide of his second wife Nadezhda Allililuyeva who left a letter incriminating him personally and politicallyStalins rise to power was a combination of his ability to manipulate situations and the failure of others to prevent him from taking power especially Leon Trotsky Trotsky did not take advantage of several opportunities in which would have helped him to eliminate Stalin politically When he failed to take advantage of these opportunities Stalin schemed himself into a stronger position within the party by allying with Zinoviev and Kamnev He manipulated them into shattering Trotsky thus eliminating the strongest opponent in
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