Stalin’s name was not known; he was an unknown person. But as the Communist Party came into power, he started giving small doses of poison to Lenin, through his doctor, such small doses that it made him incapable of functioning – and it killed him within two years. It is still undecided whether he really poisoned him or not, because no investigation was ever made. But all the circumstantial evidence is that he killed the man.
Trotsky – who was number two and the defense minister – seeing the situation escaped from the Soviet Union in time, before he could be caught. Lenin was finished; Trotsky escaped and became a refugee in Mexico.
But Stalin was not ready to leave him alive. Trotsky took his whole family; only his dog was left in the house. You will be surprised to know that Stalin shot the dog! Now the dog was not going to compete – but because it was Trotsky’s dog, it could not live. Trotsky was murdered in Mexico by a man arranged by Stalin. He was murdered in such an inhuman way that you cannot conceive…hit again and again on his head with a hammer till his head was completely smashed.
The third man, Kamenev, was killed. The fourth man, Zinoviev, was killed. All the ten top people were finished.
Stalin became one of the greatest dictators in the whole history of man, and he managed that nobody even talked about the government. Any criticism, even in private, became impossible.
He organized the whole country in such a way that small children were part of the young communist league, and they were conditioned to be faithful to communism. If their parents said anything against communism, or the Soviet Union, they had to inform immediately. The wives were members of the women’s league and they were conditioned that if their husbands or their children talked about the Communist Party, or anything suspicious, they had to report it immediately. The men were part of the Communist Party with the same conditioning.
In every family everybody was a detective, and people were rewarded when they reported against their own parents, against their own children, against their own wives, against their own husbands…
Stalin was not a man to send you to jail or to send you for trial, no. His method was simple. Once something was reported against you, in the middle of the night you would be captured and never again would you be seen or heard of; you were simply finished. He did not believe in any legal system or law or anything. He believed only in death. Why waste time? – years and years of legal battles…Just finish the person.
In the democratic world this is the rule – at least in principle, although it is not followed anywhere – that not even one single innocent person should be punished, even if ninety-nine criminals have to be left.
Stalin changed the rule completely. He said that not a single criminal should be left, even if ninety-nine innocent people have to be killed.
For seventy years the same small clique was ruling. After Stalin, Khrushchev came into power and he exposed everything. He must have been boiling within, seeing all the horror, murder, poisoning, killing of millions of people by Stalin; so he exposed Stalin.