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Hitler and Stalin were ruthless dictators who committed murder on a vast scale.Snyder's estimate of the total number of Stalin's victims does not take into account those who managed to survive forced labor or internal exile in harsh conditions.The total number of deaths that Snyder attributes to Stalin is lower than the commonly cited figure of 20 million, which was estimated before historians had access to the Soviet archives.Moreover, the Soviet archives show that one cannot say that the Nazis' killings were worse because victims were targeted on the basis of their race or ethnicity. Stalin's purge of military leaders during the Great Terror critically weakened the Red Army, his signing of the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact in 1939 paved the way for the start of World War II, and his blindness to the Nazi threat in 1941 left the Soviet Union unprepared to resist Hitler's attack.It remains true that Stalin led his country to victory in war and to a position of global power that it had not held before and from which it has since fallen. That may explain why Muscovites are more willing to accept a Stalin statue than Berliners would be to have one of Hitler.
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