Russia and Eastern Europe

Russia and the Former Soviet States

How did factories in the U.S.S.R. end up on the east side of the country

During World War II, the U.S.S.R. enacted their scorched-earth policy as Germany invaded from the west. The scorched-earth policy involved moving everything they could to the east and burning what they couldn’t move. Factories were disassembled, shipped by train to the region near the Ural Mountains, and reassembled to keep Soviet industry working. The Ural Region is still a major manufacturing area for Russia.


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