In a conversation with Winston Churchill, Stalin admitted that collectivizing the peasants of Russia into communal farms had been more severe than the first years of the Nazi invasion.1 Forced collectivization turned the country inside out. It was a process of ruthless transformation in which the peasant population was coerced into providing the State with grain. Just as Stalin was impatient for the countryside to provide food for urban workers, the Komsomol was impatient for a chance to please Stalin. The League found a para-military role in collectivization, and made significant contributions to the achievement of Stalin’s goals.


Rural Youth Russian Revolution Forced Collectivization Drug Rehabilitation Centre Peasant Population 
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