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The USSRs influence and domination of Eastern Europe during the 40s and the 50s of the previous century has left indisputable marks upon the regions economic political and global status evident still today As to how this Soviet control was garnered and maintained and the measure of effectiveness it had there are two main time periods to examine namely Eastern Europe under Stalin and destalinised Russia under Khrushchev If control were defined as the ability to authorize manage or direct the former time period would be relatively more effective than the latter For the sake of the argument we will only deal with the Soviet Unions influence on Eastern Europe under the Stalinist regime Under Stalins rule the most effective methods of gaining control over the USSRs satellite states included Salami Tactics 1947-1950 Comecon 1950s and militaristic threat and presence The Salami Tactics conceived in the late 1940s by the Hungarian communist leader Matyas Rakosi and was implemented successfully by the beginning of the 1950s Consecutively Albania 1945 Bulgaria 1945 Poland 1947 Romania 1945-47 Hungary 1947 Czechoslovakia 1945-48 and East Germany 1949 fell within the grasp of the USSR through the formation of coalitions discrediting and executing opposing forces until the communist party alone was in power The plan to take a nation slice by slice was especially effective in the case of Hungary where the country was invaded by Russians allowed to hold elections where the opposing party gained the majority and lead by Rakosi the communist party came to full power through the banning of anti-communist parties setting up of the police force AVO and the arresting of thousands of non-communists Similar strategies were used in the other East European countries Salami Tactics was the political foundation upon which Soviet control was exercised The Council for Mutual Economic Assistance Comecon dating back to 1949s common agreement between the Soviet Union Bulgaria Czechoslovakia Hungary Poland and Romania likewise was the a method Stalin employed
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