On This Day: June 11th


On the 11th of June 1937 Stalin the leader of the Soviet Union had eight army leaders executed, this was part of the Great Purge under Stalin’s leadership. The Great Purge was a campaign of political repression in the Soviet Union which occurred from 1936 to 1938. It involved a large-scale purge of the Communist Party and government officials, repression of peasants and the Red Army leadership, and widespread police surveillance, suspicion of ‘saboteurs’, imprisonment, and arbitrary executions. It has been estimated between 600,000 and 1.2 million people were murdered by the Soviet government during the purge.


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