This is part of the money machine of Adam Curtis. Smoke and mirrors carefully built to make up a plausible fairy tale.
Back in Soviet Russia nobody knows what is going on. Even the leaders are uninterested. 5000 or 5000000 dead? Who cares? Staying in power is so very important. Illiterate peasants and workers rise up against a Medieval social order that is already killing them by the millions. What next? Nobody knows. Raised with all sorts of holy books they change the holy book of their village with the bible of brother Marx. And like all holy books, few are able to read and even fewer care to read it.
So this is where preacher Curtis enters. With the power of hindsight he can take dubious acts and put them on a string to dance for him as a sideshow while he preaches. An engineer can be dead for having sex with the lesser party leader's wife. An engineer can drink as much as he needs to make Stalin jokes. Anything is good enough to make room for the next engineer. And when the said engineer is coming from a bourgeois background, having as much as bourgeois friends, things become easier, so much easier. Yet preacher Curtis can show with archive footage how the engineer was executed for trying to do whatever preacher Curtis needs for the next act of his show.
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