Ever wonder why Stalin made it into CivIV and Hitler didn't? Stalin was a great leader that's why! Stalin did 2 primary things to Russia: A) In less then 30 years he turned Russia from a agriculterial society to an industrial powerhouse - Russia would be near ruin if not for him modernizing Russia B) He fixed the problem of overpopulation in Russia - if Stalin didn't purge out these peasents and curropt officals - Russia would be so overpopulated and more people would be starving to death today. Hitler killed many people too BUT: Germany was not better off after Hitler died, unlike with Stalin, Hitler almost brought Germany to the brink of destruction. Sure, the Soviet Union was struggleing in the short-term during the 5 Year Plans and Great Purges - but the long-term benifits outweigh the short ones.