Originally posted by killtheyouth:
he also killed over 20 million of his own citizens, and the 5 year plans were all total disasters. he also started the russians down the path of focusing on the military at the expense of everything else. thats what eventually caused the USSR to collapse and what lead to its current condition.
they weren't total
disasters, they did change their targets to make sure they were all met but it dragged russia's economy forward by decades, though not as many decades as they had hoped. And Russia had been a militant country for a hell of a long time since everyone was trying to invade them all the damn time, hense the buffer zone. The USSR collapsed for a hell of a lot of reasons, it would be hard to blame military focus soley.