When you are talking about the Soviet people and say that they are non-political people who don’t believe in ideology you need to examine it more. From the time the Soviet Society evolved into the communist society that they were until they lost the stigma of being a communist society these statements were by and large true. After they lost their communist traits everything changed.
The Soviets were the first big country to be led by a dictatorship or have a communist society. To start with the country was so large and very poor. These two things coupled with the fact that the country was very behind the times and some times thought in a backwards way led to the acceptance of the communist idea. When people are poor and have things bad the thinking is that it cannot be any worse and at that point they can be brainwashed. This is where the leaders came into play. They saw the people in general as being weak and in a vulnerable situation.
The communist society in the Soviet Union really started to steamroll in and during the Bolshevik Revolution. At this time the Bolsheviks overthrew the last of the royalty families. When the Romanov family was overthrown this was the launching of the communism in Russia. The general population was frustrated with the poor prioritization of the families. Spending money and sources in obscure places and on obscure items was really the final straw. This is where Lenin stepped in and took advantage of the people while they were in a great time of need.
What the Bolshevik revolution started Lenin took to the real level of communism. Lenin laid the foundation for what turned out to be 70+ years of communism in Russia. Following Lenin others took the communism to new higher and greater levels. The two that stand out the most would have to be Stalin and Khrushchev. These two did everything from being vicious to people to trying to take over the world to even challenging the mighty United States.
The fact that the country was so poor is the main culprit for why the country fell to the dictators. The reasons for being poor can mostly be laid at the feet of the royal families in Russia. A self-proclaimed genius comes along and offers to fix all the problems of the country. He offers them all equality and food every night and a chance to work. It all sounds good. The people became brainwashed because they were weak at the time and were not strong enough to figure out another way. Soon a generation had passed not knowing any other way. The idea of communism grew stronger and the leaders gained power at every turn. If 1991 had not come who knows how far the communism would be right now in Russia.
As the Soviet Union moved along on their evolution yes they were somewhat tortured. As the leaders of their society evolved the more vicious they became and the more power they sought. Lenin was truly the first dictator of the society. He was appointed or rose to power shortly after the Bolshevik revolution. As the starter of the communism he was really trial by error for a loot of his tenure. What he accomplished has to be taken with the thought that he was the first and he was really breaking the people down and setting them up for later leaders and power seekers. Lenin greatest power was probably the fact that he was able to move or eliminate the capitol, as they knew it. When Lenin was able to step in and eliminate Leningrad it showed that he had truly arrived as a powerful dictator. He was truly the creator of the new regime that was about to rule for a long time. He had his people so manipulated, that they even had multiple statues of him scattered throughout the country to show their appreciation for him. Little did they know, they were dead wrong.
As the torch was passed from Lenin to Stalin the power of the leader grew. Stalin brought the dictatorship to a higher level. People would say that he was even more vicious than the great Hitler. A truly hateful person he would have you killed in a second. Stalin was known to be so stuck up that he would send people to Siberia if they disagreed with him. Stalin was also a vicious enough person to starve people. He was the leader for the Russian people during the world war two era. He had the Russians on the side of the allies with America and Britain. Stalin was able to increase the power of the Russians by gaining land and wealth and increased his own power. Stalin moved the Russians to take over much of Eastern Europe including: Poland, Checklsvakia, and East Germany. Stalin was so powerful that he was able to lead them into communism, which really heightened the fears of the United States. Stalin was able to take what Lenin had developed and propel it to a new level. The biggest thing you can say about Stalin is his viciousness. To be able to destroy food while you have people in your country starving just shows what a thoughtless vicious person you are. Stalin will be remembered for things of that nature as well as taking communism to a new higher level.