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INDUSTRIALISATION

MOTIVATIONS:

  • Become self-suffient and end a dependancy on nations led by governments hostile to the cause
  • To free the USSR and its citizens from the slavery forced upon them by a market economy
  • To end any trace of capitalism that still infected the nation
  • To ensure investment in areas essential to the strength of the Soviet Union

EXECUTION AND SUCCESS

  • 300% increase in electricity production
  • Coal and Iron output doubled
  • Steel Production increased by 1/3
  • Development of transport route and communication links
  • Investment in the East
  • Annual economic growth of 5-6%
  • USSR emerged as a major industrial power in only 10 years
  • Rearmament schemes strengthened the nation in a World hostile to it's very existence
  • Nurturing of 'socialist competition' and the abandonment of selfishness and exploitation of the proletariat

VISIT

THE BELOMOR CANAL

  • Constructed by LOYAL ENTHUSIASTS from every corner of the USSR 
  • A SOCIALIST TRIUMPH OF ENGINEERING which inspires AWE and demands APPRECIATION from all who lay eyes upon it
  • An OPPORTUNITY for those who were once enemies of the revolution to REDEEM themselves

VISIT

THE DNIEPER DAM

  • Constructed on deserted land in the countryside to provide power for several aluminium production plants and a local high-quality steel plant.
  • Began generating electricity during the First Five Year Plan
  • Four further generators were added as part of the Second Five Year Plan, increasing Soviet electric power fivefold in 1932
  • The industrial centres of Zaporizhia, Kryvyi Rih and Dnipropetrovsk were born from the power provided by this magnificent piece of Soviet engineering.

VISIT

 

MAGNITOGORSK

A GIGANTIC steel plant created from NOTHING

  • Here, workers live in communal barracks beneath tributes to the glorious leaders Lenin and Stalin
  • Workers got to enjoy a huge number of politcal discussions and lectures
  • A MODERN city with a population of 150,000 Soviet Comrades

BY CHARLIE HARBY

INDUSTRIALISING RUSSIA

 

A ROUGH GUIDE