As well as using manipulation and his intelligence Stalin was also very lucky, luck played a major role in his rise to power in Russia. He organized the funeral and ignored Lenins final wishes. Stalin was one of the Bolsheviks' chief operatives in the Caucasus and grew close to Lenin, who saw him as a tough character, and a loyal follower capable of getting things done behind the scenes. But even then, from 1929, he we was forced to operate in a collective leadership. Any resistance was met with swift and lethal response; millions of people were exiled to the labor camps of the Gulag or were executed. Yezhov was executed on 4 February 1940.,. . Fearing a backlash from the trade unions, Lenin asked Stalin to build a support base in the Workers' and Peasants' Inspectorate (Rabkrin) against bureaucratism.
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Trotsky, Kamenev, and Zinoviev all saw themselves as the logical choice as the successor of Lenin. Stalin's agricultural policies were also criticized by fellow Politburo member Mikhail Kalinin. In February 1917, the Russian Revolution began. Only Ulrikh, Budyonny and Shaposhnikov would survive the purges that followed. 6, october Revolution and the Russian Civil War. The United Opposition demanded, among other things, greater freedom the Odyssey: Is Oddyseus a good leader? Why or Why not of expression within the Communist Party and less bureaucracy. 316 Montefiore 2003,. .