This sources tells about Stalin banishing Trotsky from the USSR on Jan 11, 1928 because he wanted to eliminate any opposition to his rule in the Soviet Union. During Stalin's purges, he was found guilty in Mexico of treason in absentia and was ordered to be executed by Stalin on August 21, 1940. This source was chosen as this source illustrates the paranoia of Stalin, executing a person who to him was not dealt with even after 10 years of exile. The extent Stalin will go to eliminate his political enemies is enormous. This shows that Stalin's rule was not beneficial to the USSR as he ruled with 'an iron fits', any assumed opposition to his rule was eliminated, so any opinions that contradict Stalin's ideology, even if it is a good one, is not listened to. Even if his decisions are bad, or stupid, no one can contradict, so the fate of the USSR is only on his hands and increases the chances of failure.
This source shows the celebrated Soviet worker Alexei Stakhanov with a coal mine behind it. This source is used to promote the five year plans organized by Stalin. This source was chosen to represent the propaganda the USSR had to print to try to encourage the peasants in the USSR under Stalin's rule. This was to empower the worker peasants to support the five year plans by celebrating a probable fictional legendary worker. This shows that Stalin's rule was beneficial for the USSR as they try to unite all the people in the Soviet Union and give them a sense of national identity by glorifying the normal workers, something they were lacking after the Russian Civil War.
This video shows the social impact of the five year plans to industrialize the Soviet Union. The people starved to death under Stalin's policies, estimated millions have died because of Stalin's ambitious plans to modernize the Soviet Union. This source was chosen to show a different perspective on the Five Year Plans besides the economic growth the USSR has experienced. This source shows how the plan has affected the people, starving them. This shows that Stalin's rule wasn't beneficial to the USSR as the people suffered under his rule with food shortage and high death rates during the plans.
This source was from Alexei Rykov to the Stalin to plead for mercy for his treason to Stalin after his trial of death by shooting during Stalin's purges. This source was chosen as it represents Stalin's inability to forgive former allies in the same party if Stalin thinks they have betrayed him. This also shows he wants all the power of the USSR to himself and will not blink an eye to opposition and competition even in his own team. This shows that Stalin's rule was not beneficial to the USSR as his selfish grab for power in the Soviet Union has eliminated his allies and means his decisions aren't challenged and so, it has a higher chance of corruption and bad decisions to be made to the USSR.
This source shows Stalin dressed as Santa Claus and the words saying that he knows whatever you are doing. This was true in a sense because of the secret police Stalin establish to control and gather information about ever worker and farmer in the Soviet Union. This source was chosen to show the totalitarian reign in the USSR and the control Stalin has on the people's minds. Everywhere was total paranoia as even defying him will land you either in the concentration camps or the firing squad. This show that Stalin's rule was not beneficial to the USSR as the people are constantly in fear of their lives and live with almost no freedom under Stalin's rule
This source is the official explanation from textbooks about Stalin's purges published before Stalin's excesses were repudiated by his successors. This source shows us the assumed reason for the purges, the elimination of Bukharin and Trotsky and their supporters in the Bolshevik party, the 'betrayers' of the rights and equality of the working class, and the executions that laid ahead. This source was chosen as it shows the different sides of the story of the purges in the USSR. From this source, I can say Stalin's rule was not beneficial to the USSR as he killed off potential great leaders to help him alongside him, with no competition, it opens the dictator to anything he wishes, leading him to make very bad decisions.
Based on what has been discovered, Stalin was not a saviour of the USSR, at all. His policies, although did modernize the previously feudal Russian Empire, came at the expense of millions of lives in the USSR, all because Stalin was paranoid and wanted to modernize as soon as possible with the Five Year Plans. His totalitarian rule was bad as bad decisions go unchecked and the people and members of the Bolsheviks are scared of him and his power. This caused less freedom and went completely away from the Egalitarian style of communism the Bolsheviks wanted and fought for in the first place in the Russian Revolution and the Russian Civil War. His rule was cruel and harsh, killed millions and scared and brainwashed a generation. That is why he was not a saviour of the USSR.