Plans were drawn up by GOSPLAN (the state planning organisation)
Targets were set for every industry, each region, each mine and
factory, each foreman and even every worker.
Foreign experts & engineers were called in
Workers were bombarded with propaganda, posters, slogans and radio
Workers were fined if they did not meet their targets.
Alexei Stakhanov (who cut an amazing 102 tons of coal in one shift)
was held up as an example. Good workers could become ‘Stakhanovites'
and win a medal.
(After the First 5-year plan revealed a shortage of workers) women
were attracted by new crèches and day-care centres so that mothers could
For big engineering projects such as dams or canals, slave labour
(such as political opponents, kulaks or Jews) was used.
There was a concentration on heavy industry at the expense of
consumer goods or good housing.
Stalin attacked the Muslim faith because he thought it was holding