Stage 3: Discrimination, Stage 10: Denial
CIA World Factbook
Following the end of the Second World War, the leader of the communist resistance, Enver Hoxha, took control of the country and ruled as a Stalinist dictator until his death in 1985. During Hoxha’s rule, Albania was one of the most isolated countries in the world. Hoxha suppressed any dissent, banned all religion, and set up a personality cult centered around him. The ruling Party of Labor of Albania was comparable to the totalitarian domination of Kim Il Sung in North Korea or Saparmurat Niyazov in Turkmenistan. The regime maintained absolute control through a secret police organization known as The Sigurimi.
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