Mass killings under Communist regimes
Mass killings under Communist regimes is a common symptom of Communist-run states. By far the most bloody and murderous communist regime by the sheer numbers of people murdered was the Soviet Union that killed nearly 61,000,000 people. Joseph Stalin, the USSR's most notorious dictator, is responsible for almost 43,000,000 of these murders. Communist regimes sometimes kill people outside of the control of their regime as evidenced by the tragic Soviet attack on a commercial airliner, Korean Airlines Flight 007, over international waters near Sakhalin Island on September 1, 1983 which killed 269 civilians, including a sitting U.S. Congressman, Larry McDonald.