I'm removing this material from the article because it is not about the revolution but about the later history of the USSR. It could perhaps go in the History of the Soviet Union article:
- When Lenin died in 1924, a power struggle developed among members of the Politburo. One leading figure, Joseph Stalin, used his position as General Secretary to create a power base within the Party, and defeated his rivals one by one. By 1928 Stalin had achieved absolute control. Determined to make the Soviet Union a global power on a par with the West, he launched a programme of rapid industrialization. The first Five Year Plan was adopted in 1928. The plans overoptimistic targets led to tremendous inefficiency and waste, yet remarkable progress was made. Vast new mineral extraction plants, factories, and power stations were established in the Urals, the Volga area and Siberia, and railways were built to link the new industrial hubs. The population of the big cities nearly doubled between 1928 and 1933.
- To feed the expanding population of urban workers, Stalin had to radically reorganize the countryside. In 1929, he ordered the collectivization of agriculture. Private holdings were abolished and peasants were then working on collective farms. Wealthy peasant farmers, known as kulaks, responded to this forcible requistion by slaughtering their livestock and only planting enough for themselves. This resulted in famine.
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