Chief Culprit: Stalin’s Grand Design to Start World War II

By Viktor Suvorov

Bestselling author Viktor Suvorov probes newly released Soviet documents and reevaluates existing material to analyze Stalin’s strategic design to conquer Europe and the reasons behind his support for Nazi Germany.

A former Soviet army intelligence officer, the author explains that Stalin’s strategy leading up to World War II grew from Vladimir Lenin’s belief that if World War I did not ignite the worldwide Communist revolution, then a second world war would be needed to achieve it.

Suvorov debunks theories that Stalin was duped by Hitler and that the Soviet Union was a victim of Nazi aggression.

Viktor Suvorov is the author of eighteen books that have been translated into more than twenty languages. A Soviet army officer who served in military intelligence, he defected in 1978 to the United Kingdom, where he worked as an intelligence analyst and lecturer.

Viktor Suvorov was joined in this discussion by Andrei Piontkovsky, Hudson Institute Visiting Fellow, and David Satter, Hudson Senior Fellow. The discussion was moderated by Richard Weitz¸ Director of Hudson’s Center for Political-Military Analysis.

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