There is nothing "insane" and the stories you refer to are rather extreme. Yes, the ideology was rogue and there wasn't much freedom. Still, millions of people lived relatively normal lives

I wrote about my Soviet years here. I'm much younger but I know how my parents' lives were and my grandparents'

https://alexeisorokinstories.medium.com/soviet-years-chapter-2-detailed-d21ab92b9235

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Alexei Sorokin

Alexei Sorokin

A Russian immigrant in America, father of 4, Cambridge and Harvard Business School alum. I run and write every day

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