Helped to expand russian territory and played a major role in assisting the allies in winning the war. Space exploration was initiated under his regime. Saw the war as his chance to establish the fatherland. Brought the ussr into the nuclear age (good?) Stalin after world war ii ( - 1953) Terror: loses trust in his soldiers that come back after the war, because they have been. As a solution, he builds more concentration camps in sybieria - this is where the returning soldiers would work: he didn"t trust the clergy (or what was left of them) that he had allowed to come back in. Almost as paranoid as hitler was, he didn"t trust a lot of russia"s elements: becomes increasingly anti-semitic (harbours a very personal dislike for the. Intellectual life: after the war is over, stalin develops an intense dislike for soviet art, thinking, and writing (he should have been promoting it!).