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History of the Soviet Union: An Event a Year 1917 - 1953

Identify the USSR-related event, person or place based on the clue and year provided.
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Last updated: April 26, 2019
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Year
What Happened
Answer
1917
Led by Alexander Kerensky this group overthrow the provisional government, with workers and sailors capturing government buildings and the Winter Palace in St Petersburg, and eventually taking over Moscow.
Bolsheviks
1918
This treaty ceded large tracts of land to Germany and recognised the independence of Ukraine, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Brest-Litovsk
1919
Millions of peasants in the Don region starve to death as the army confiscates grain for its own needs and the needs of urban dwellers, thereby enacting this new policy.
War Communism
1920
Russia goes to war with this country.
Poland
1921
This policy ushers in a partial return to the market economy and a period of stability with "a free market and capitalism, both subject to state control."
New Economic Policy
1922
The Treaty on the Creation of the USSR officially legalised a union of several Soviet republics that had existed since 1919 and created a new centralised federal government. What did USSR stand for?
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
1923
A wide gap between industrial (high) and agricultural (low) prices causes this crisis, which saw peasants revert to subsistence farming, leading to fears of a famine.
Scissor Crisis
1924
This leader dies, leading to a power struggle within the Party.
Vladimir Lenin
1925
Following the power struggle which saw Joseph Stalin take power, this man is forced to resign his military offices.
Leon Trotsky
1926
The above is expelled from this high-ranking policy-making government authority.
Politburo
1927
This group, which demanded greater freedom of expression within the Communist Party, are all expelled from the Party.
United Opposition
1928
Stalin announced the beginning of state industrialisation of the Soviet economy with this plan, the first of its kind.
Five-Year Plan
1929
Soviet agriculture becomes subject to this policy, which saw individual landholdings, especially farms, come into state-ownership (kolkhozes.)
Collectivisation
1930
This forced-labour camp-system is introduced.
Gulag
1931
This spin doctor and propagandist justifies the existence of forced labour in his speech at the Sixth Congress of Soviets of the USSR.
Vyacheslav Molotov
1932
This law is introduced, making stealing from a kolkhozes/collective farm punishable a crime. The law was used to prosecute corrupt officials and also those who gleaned even handfuls of grain or spikelets left behind in the fields.
Law of Spikelets
1933
Police were instructed to prevent Ukrainian peasants from leaving their homes in search of food in this genocide, which literally translates to "murder by starvation."
Holodomor
1934
The Soviet Union is admitted to this international organization, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, created after the First World War to provide a forum for resolving international disputes.
The League of Nations
1935
This man was reported to have mined over one hundred tons of coal in a single shift, sowing the seeds of the Stakhanovite movement.
Aleksei Stakhanov
1936
Many experienced old Bolsheviks were the primary defendants in these show trials. They were charged with conspiring with the western powers to assassinate Stalin and other Soviet leaders, dismember the Soviet Union, and restore capitalism. Of the sixteen, all but four were sentenced to death.
Moscow Trials
1937
This leading Soviet military leader is trialed in secret. His blood-stained confession stated that that he was a German agent in cahoots with Nikolai Bukharin to seize power.
Mikhail Tukhachevsky
1938
A new decree required the teaching of this language as the lingua franca of all schools in the USSR.
Russian
1939
The Soviet army attacked Finland in this three month war.
Winter War
1940
This "Vanishing Commissar", the NKVD orchestrator of some of the worst atrocities of The Great Purge is tortured, forced to confess to anti-Soviet activity and executed.
Nikolai Yezhov
1941
Three million Axis soldiers invaded the Soviet Union in this Axis 'Operation'
Operation Barbarossa
1942
This five month battle begins. It would see 478,741 Soviet soldiers killed or missing, and would become the bloodiest battle in the history of warfare.
The Battle of Stalingrad
1943
This international organization which advocated world communism is dissolved to avoid antagonising allies the United States and the United Kingdom.
Comintern
1944
This left-wing anthem is replaced by The State Anthem of the USSR. Its lyrics begin "Stand up, damned of the Earth Stand up, prisoners of starvation."
The Internationale
1945
Soviet Union declares war on this country, annexing the southern half of Sakhalin and the Kuril islands.
Japan
1946
With the support of the UK and USA, this Western Asian country begins to successfully break away from the Soviet Union, winning in military conflicts against Azerbaijan and Mahabad.
Iran
1947
The founding of this international communist bureau confirms the reality of a divide between the Western and Eastern Blocs.
Cominform
1948
Stalin sends first advisers to this country in an effort to repair the economic damage brought on by years of civil war. 300 Soviet engineers and laborers repair Manchurian railways as part of the effort.
China
1949
This nuclear bomb used in the USSR's first successful nuclear weapons test is assigned this code-name by the United States, in reference to Joseph Stalin.
Joe-1
1950
Outbreak of this war in East Asia sees relations between the Soviet Union and the West deteriorate markedly.
Korean War
1951
This couple are convicted of espionage for their role in passing atomic secrets to the Soviets during and after World War II
The Rosenbergs
1952
This antisemitic plot fabricated by Joseph Stalin accused a group of predominantly Jewish doctors from Moscow of conspiring to assassinate Soviet leaders.
Doctors Plot
1953
Following Stalin's death, this man becomes First Secretary of the Communist Party.
Nikita Krushchev
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