Stalin or Suffer
Joseph Stalin created a sort of "cult of personality" in Russia. The people worshipped him as a god, a father. Part of the reason for this is that he gave them no choice. He brainwashed his people with propaganda, and punished anyone who acted in an un-Stalin way. He drowned them in pro-Stalin, anti-everything-else speeches, posters, broadcasts, etc. And on top of that, he took away any other means of having another ideology. He neither not let any anti-Stalin person, any "enemy," have weapons nor ideas, in reference to the above quote. One example of this is the illegalization of religion. This was one of the ways that Stalin gained power, by eliminating all other forms of ideology, so that Stalin was all that was left. Religion became outlawed because Stalin viewed it as a class enemy that contended for the Russian people's minds, in opposition to Stalinism. In 1932, all religious education systems were eradicated. People were only allowed to have one train of thought, just like in Animal Farm when the pigs said that humans were evil and anything that had anything to do with humans was the same, shown in the scene when the animals decide that no one may live nor touch anything in the farm house. But, if anyone was able to stray from the Stalinist train of thought, Stalin was able to prevent almost everyone from speaking out against him, one of the reasons he was able to be in power for about 30 years, maintaining supreme power. If anyone spoke out against Stalin's regime, they faced the threat of either death by execution or labor camps called gulags. Anyone from petty criminals to political prisoners could be sent to the gulags. The gulags relate to the threat of more work that Napoleon declared when he said that the other animals had to work harder or their food rations would be cut. The executions are a parallel to the threat of Napoleon's dogs tearing the animals' throats out if they disobeyed Napoleon.
"Ideas are more powerful than guns. we would not let our enemies have guns. why should we let them have ideas?"
In conclusion, much like how Napoleon condemned humans and punished animals who disobeyed him with ration cuts, more work, and death, Stalin did the same. He outlawed religion, sentenced violators to essentially life-sentences in a gulag, or simply an execution. The Russian people either knew no other ideology or were not able to express it under threat of labor camps or death. They were forced to have unquestioning obedience and allegiance to a single ruler, Joseph Stalin.