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Napoleon begins to shelter himself from public scrutiny and makes Squealer and the dogs do his dirty work. This corresponds with Stalin’s habit of being a figure in the shadows. Stalin gave orders from the comfort of his office, while the propagandists and secret police meted out his demands and punishments. The negotiations over the timber represent Stalin’s export of the products of heavy industry. Napoleon’s waffling between Pilkington and Frederick also mirrors Stalin’s caution in dealing with foreign nations.