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1

When did Stalin become the head of the Sovnarkom?

1941

2

Why did Stalin end terror during the Great Patriotic War?

To ensure that government would run as efficiently as possible. Any opponents who cropped up during the war could easily be dealt with afterwards.

3

Who made the important decisions during the Great Patriotic War?

State Ministers

4

What was the GKO?

The State Defence Conference was responsible for economic co-ordination and military production during the war

5

How did Stalin abuse the relationship between Party and State during the Great Patriotic War?

- He appointed rivals to similar positions eg Zhdanov and Beria were both in charge of the political police

- He shifted power from one to the other to make sure nobody grew too powerful

6

Which body was the most powerful before the GPW?

The Politburo

7

Which body had become the most powerful by 1942?

The GKO

8

Which body was the most powerful by the end of the war?

The Council of Ministers

9

When was the Leningrad Affair?

1949

10

How many died in the Leningrad Affair?

100, with a further 2000 arrested and dismissed

11

How did Stalin test Molotov’s loyalty?

- In 1949, Stalin arrested his wife and had her imprisoned

- If he protested, Stalin intended to have him executed

- However Molotov did not intervene, showing his loyalty to the party