He did not give a shit about socialism, communism or any other idealistic concept, he was just power-hungry blood-thirsty maniac. He just exploited these concepts to control and manipulate masses, just the way religion was used for centuries. By the way, in childhood Stalin studied in the clerical school which possibly gave him this idea.
Social media is two way communication. Dictators love to have it only one way.
To increase potential electorate base of the current left liberal government and guarantee government jobs with all associated benefits and perk for the next generation of left liberals.
Ukraine agricultural sector and farmer class were destroyed by Stalin’s policies causing famine of 1930s and following Soviet rule. The major industries in Ukraine are steel and coal production, commodity sectors beaten down all over the world. The coal sector in Donetsk region has been destroyed by war and Russian meddling.
Actually there is nothing else there besides shadow economy, not accounted in GDP.