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    The BBC have some interesting eyewitness accounts of Stalin's last great conspiracy theory - The Doctors Plot. It has been said that paranoia was a survival trait for former Russian rulers like Ivan the Terrible because everyone really was out to get them but it seems to have been ultimately counter productive for Stalin.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/storie...isoned-or-shot
    Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
    Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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    OTH, tyrants rarely get to die peacefully. Their successors are always waiting in the wings to take over at the first opportunity. This is specially true of people like Stalin and Hitler, who pitted subordinates against each other in order to prevent and one group from gaining too much power. People who are feared are also hated.
    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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      Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
      OTH, tyrants rarely get to die peacefully. Their successors are always waiting in the wings to take over at the first opportunity. This is specially true of people like Stalin and Hitler, who pitted subordinates against each other in order to prevent and one group from gaining too much power. People who are feared are also hated.
      And therein lies the most likely reason why no physician was summoned to Stalin's bedside: Lavrenty Pavolvich Beria not only stood to gain form Stalin's death -- like his mortal existence -- but may very well have struck the blow which felled the Man of Steel, some say by poison, others with a blackjack.
      I was married for two ******* years! Hell would be like Club Med! - Sam Kinison

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        Originally posted by slick_miester View Post

        And therein lies the most likely reason why no physician was summoned to Stalin's bedside: Lavrenty Pavolvich Beria not only stood to gain form Stalin's death -- like his mortal existence -- but may very well have struck the blow which felled the Man of Steel, some say by poison, others with a blackjack.
        And no evidence to support either supposition just another layer of conspiracy theory. What evidence including eye witnesses there is suggests that people were too frightened of being blamed for poisoning him etc to go anywhere near
        Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
        Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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          Originally posted by MarkV View Post

          And no evidence to support either supposition just another layer of conspiracy theory. What evidence including eye witnesses there is suggests that people were too frightened of being blamed for poisoning him etc to go anywhere near
          They didn't want to step in a puddle of urine and a pile of feces: Stalin had lost control of his bodily functions following what appeared to be a stroke, but he lingered on for quite a number of hours nonetheless.
          I was married for two ******* years! Hell would be like Club Med! - Sam Kinison

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