Tsarist and Communist Oppression in Russia: A Comparative Analysis Introduction Oppression in Russia during the imperial and communist eras was imposed for the same reason, to maintain the absolute power of the state and instill a climate of fear in order to compel the Russian people to be submissive and obedient. Comparing and contrasting the oppression under the last tsars, Alexander III and Nicholas II, with the oppression under consecutive Soviet rulers from Lenin to Brezhnev reveals that Soviet oppression was far more pervasive and inflicted a much higher toll of suffering and death. The vast scope and severity of communist oppression was the primary difference, for although the tsarist system was autocratic and repressive,...The end:
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