If Trotsky was in charge in 1939, there would be no USSR and Russia today. I think Trotsky's job was to lubricate a Nazi victory.
No, ideology of the advertised kind does not make the world go round.
But Stalin went with the whole "enemies of the people" flow. The forced collectivization program was unnecessary.
Some may say it was necessary to urbanize and industrialize. That sounds a bit too contrived. It would have been easy
to draw people from the countryside into the cities with better pay. A command economy could more than afford it. Creation
of industrial farms did not require the removal of kulaks and kurkuls. All this did was create a persistent crime wave that lasted
into the 1950s. Crime derived from bitterness and mistreatment. As for WWII, clearly Stalin had his act together. He
made key decisions that helped the USSR win. This requires a tome's worth of discussion, but those decisions pertained
to approval of various technology development programs and sane management of the campaigns. Stalin did not let clowns
fcuk up the Soviet war effort and there were several cases. Hitler was the one who let his ego get in the way of the right
decisions. It is rather predictable that all sorts of failures would be attributed to Stalin, while downplayed in the case of
Hitler. Russia = fail is the one-note Johnny tune of the Russia haters.
Putin, the "failure" has demonstrated that real economic growth can be achieved without coercion and human sacrifice. If
the Russian church beatifies him some time down the line it will be right to do so.
The pattern is clear. Back in the 1930s westerners were not shrieking about oppression in the USSR and instead you had
various apologists on the left. After WWII when the repressive excess was on its way out, Khruschev the clown who helped
stuff the gulags oversaw their unloading in 1956, the western shrieking went into high gear. And all you hear to this very day
is 1930s and Stalin and gulags. GTFO, you slime. Western haters clearly did not have any case during the Cold War since
they endlessly returned to Stalin and his crimes (while whitewashing butcher Trotsky). In the 1990s, when "palpable humanitarian"
Yeltsin was running a gangster's paradise resulting in the premature death of millions of Russians, the west was happy again.
But once Putin demonstrated that he was not a doggie on a leash and was restoring Russia (that includes tearing up all the
colonial "production sharing agreements" signed by Yeltsin) we have the return of the hate shrieking. With over the top braying
about tyranny and "human rights abuse" (because grifters who are sponsored by the west cannot be touched).