That they were East European was compounded by the fact that Russia was communist and led by Joseph Stalin.
They discussed the internal conflicts in the communist party of the Soviet Union, between Stalin and Trotsky.
Professor Harrison gave a talk on "Soviet Industry and the Red Army under Stalin: A Military-Industrial complex?"
He held a principled objection to Stalin or Hitler.
Stalin wanted to find and cultivate domestic diamonds to secure Soviet independence from Western Democratic powers and establish the Soviet Union as an industrial world leader.
After his death, many claim that his prophecies predicted the reign of Napoleon, Stalin, Hitler, the two World Wars and many other major world events.
By 1947, Stalin regularly sent out expeditions of geologists and diamond hunters to search for kimberlite in hopes of discovering diamond-rich land.
Even though Stalin created Mirny Mine to harvest domestic industrial-grade diamonds, the mine also produced large quantities of gem-grade diamonds.
In Russia, Joseph Stalin had thousands of writers, intellectuals, and scientists arrested and put into concentration camps.
Stalin, Geschichte Wurttembergs (Gotha, 1882-1887); E.