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  •  Stalin sent around 25% of all design bureau... (3+ / 0-)
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    ....personnel on 'winter vacations' and around 1/3 of the Officer Corps were simply killed....the man was mad!

    'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

    by shortfinals on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 09:41:03 PM PST

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    •  As I believe Robert Conquest points out.... (4+ / 0-)

      ....there's a certain perverse method to this madness. Kill off a fairly large percentage of a group for no perceptible reason, and you have the full attention of the others, who also lapse into absolute, frozen conformity in a terrified attempt to avoid committing the unknown crimes that they assume were committed by those who were arrested. After all, Stalin did maintain a rock-solid grip on power despite his many fumbles and blunders. I doubt if he lost any sleep over his executions  -- as he himself said, "One death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic."

      "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

      by sagesource on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 09:53:51 PM PST

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      3/4 of the officer corps, including 100% of senior officers.

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