A report to Stalin on the ruinous effects of the Purges Essay

Dear Comrade Josef Stalin,First of all, I would like to applaud you, excellent Comrade Stalin, for following the great Lenin, in becoming his successor, and indeed in every meaning of the word, succeeding. I also applaud you in reforming this country, with the ideas only a great Communist such as yourself could have thought of, in making this country a safer place for Russia in the future. The whole of my organisation myself and are at your feet, whatever your request maybe.Although we fully believe and don not blame Comrade Stalin in any way possible, there are many aspects of the purges that have affected Russia in negative ways that must be taken note of by the great man himself. I shall go into detail of these negative effects of the purges over the course of the next few paragraphs of this report.A large section of the Army has been executed by the NKVD, including most of its highest officials, and due to this execution, new inexperienced young officers have taken their place, and as a result the Russian army are suffering, and now have less chance of winning any war that we may encounter in the future.

A large majority of Scientists have disappeared during the purges, and as a result, the Russian scientific has ceased to continue. We have no real way of creating new technologies, and new machines to rival the western capitalist countries; also this new technology is what Russia needs to increase its power in the world. Due to this lack of scientist we have no way of helping Russia in catching up with other countries such as American, in terms of economic advancement.A great deal of the experienced managers of Russia, have been executed as a result of the purges, so industry has slowed down a great deal, and this has hit Russia’s economy hard. Because of the lack of experienced workers, the industry is slowing down.

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There is also a lack of workers due to the terror in jobs such as managerial positions, a fear of being executed just like their predecessor.The arts community has become very apprehensive and uneasy over the course of the purges, and also many of the writers, artists, poets etc, have been sent to labour camps and this has obviously reduced the work that they tend to produce. Russia is loosing many of its ” engineers of the soul,” the great words that were said by yourself, which is reducing Russia’s culture to a bare minimum.

Due to the purges, there is an atmosphere, which has been created of unease and terror within the Russian community. Most fear for the safety of themselves, and their family, and no one seems to feel at ease within the country. My personal opinion of this is that they should not fear a thing except if they have something to hide, and also they should rejoice and be pleased of your actions, and also rejoice at the thought of the safety that the purges have actually been brought upon us.My personal thoughts on the matter on fighting the problem of the purges, and in some cases the misuse of them, is to put a stop to them altogether, I am not saying that your great actions were the wrong one, yet I think alternatives could be thought of by you that certainly would be less damaging to the Russian culture.Please keep note that this is only an overview of the effects of the purges, my only aim was to outline those.

I believe that these purges could endanger the future of Russia as we know and on that note I will conclude by repeating, and stressing that we are at your feet, if ever you require our service.Thank you for everything you have done,Askit Voldof, Russian Intelligence Agency


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