South Cadarvon replied to Socialist Communist Tawaik's topic in Politics and Current EventsTankie here. The "atrocities" of Stalin and Mao are wildly exaggerated. As other comrades have said above, the Black Book is a burning garbage heap of propaganda. You can read up on many anti-communist myths here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Gxwhh-vdeB--47HM-20cEVRC9eAMhrapbNf0Sk8VSOs/edit But long story short, declassified NKVD archives and UN statistics show that the "death toll" in communist countries is often far lower than claimed in the West. The inmate population of the gulags reached its height after WWII at 3 million, mostly including captured Nazis and collaborators, a large portion of which are released annually with very few deaths. It's understandable if you're sceptical of official Soviet statistics, but if the Soviets themselves didn't know how many people they killed, it remains to be seen how Western propagandists got their real numbers.