Stalin and The Betrayal of Leningrad

The 900-day siege of Leningrad created heroes as well as victims, and gave the city a taste for independence. Dr John Barber relives the city’s struggle, and explains why Stalin felt so threatened by the former capital that he purged 2,000 of its inhabitants.

Stalin was always suspicious of Russia’s former capital. Its huge cultural, scientific and economic importance, its historical role as the cradle of the 1917 Revolution, its pre-eminent position in the history of the Russian intelligentsia – all produced a dangerous spirit of independence when viewed from the Kremlin.

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  • Anonymous

    The Nazis were destroyed thanx to that man and nor the Eurofags or Americans can deny or say other wise. So Now they make more propaganda and bullshit like this.

    • Shermjohnstone

      He also killed millions of his own people and helped destroy the cultural identity of Russia in replacing it with communism.

    • Killdozer

      America would have destroyed them anyways. The “purges” he administered to his beloved countries killed over a million, and, because of this mans incompetance, ensured the deaths of millions of his soldiers.

      • rotor888

        an estimated 40 million reds died during uncle joes’ reign. btw killdozer, did you take your name from the band? if so, RIGHT ON.
        it might be the most ironic event of the 20th century that hitler and stalin made a non aggression pact. the most paranoid man in history trusting the biggest liar in history. you cant make that shit up.
        why does history only matter if americans can say “we would kick their asses”?

      • fuckgreece

        Would have could have should have will have but didnt. The Russian killing was done by the Jews Stalin was merely a puppet

    • Killdozer

      America would have destroyed them anyways. The “purges” he administered to his beloved countries killed over a million, and, because of this mans incompetance, ensured the deaths of millions of his soldiers.

    • Seaweed22

      No. The Nazi were destroyed in spite of Stalin not due to Stalin. We should thank and honor  Zhukov, Konev, Khrushchev and the average soviet soldier who beat back the Germans.

  • Jack_Tor

    interesting documentary thanks for uploading

  • jon

    i always asked this question?
    who’s worse, Stalin or Hitler

    you have to consider the fact that Stalin was killing before and after the war and that he helped start WW2, he to was anti-sematic, also thought that He’s people were the top class and did too want to invade Europe. (Ukraine famine Stalin caused killed over a million in the 1930’s)

  • Menelom

    Yes … the design is clearly needed to be changed :)
    What would be brighter , nebudu (