7.) U.S.S.R.

  • 02/26/2019 12:00 AM
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7.) U.S.S.R.
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Under the Tsars the poor of Russia were indescribably poor. Somehow, life got worse under communism. Ultimately, the USSR modernized Russia but at the cost of tens of millions of dead and the near collapse of the entire nation during the darkest days of World War II.

Through he's regarded more favorably than his successor, Vladimir Lenin is responsible for more deaths than Genghis Khan.

And even Ivan the Terrible couldn't imagine wreaking havoc of the scale of Joseph Stalin who sent millions of his own people to Gulags where they faced certain death. The seminal book The Gulag Archipelago tells you everything you need to know about the deplorable conditions.

In one year alone (1932-1933) the Ukraine endured a man-made famine courtesy of Stalin's breakneck industrialization that may have killed seven-and-a-half million people. Other atrocities include the Great Purge and “population transfers.”

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