While most historical accounts have documented Joseph Stalin's reign of terror in the Soviet Union, this documentary sheds a new light on the leader's brutal attacks upon his own people. Using recently uncovered KGB documents and newsreel footage never seen in the West, Ordinary Bolshevism presents compelling evidence that the political purges, mass executions, and brutal prison camps that became infamous during Stalin's leadership were actually the result of directives from his predecessor, Vladimir Ilich Lenin, who led the Russian Revolution and founded the Bolsheviks. As portrayed by filmmaker Evgeny Tsymbal, Lenin and his cohorts established the use of terror as a way of consolidating power early on in his rule, while maintaining a surprisingly close relationship with the rising Nazi leadership in Germany until the outbreak of World War II, which would see Germany taking a very different view of their former allies. Ordinary Bolshevism was screened in competition at the 2000 Vancouver Film Festival.
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