Stalin proposed the five year plans which wanted to build heavy industry, improve transportation and increase farming output. This intent was to strengthen and grow the economy. Russia used a command economy, which allowed officials to make all basic economic decisions. But, free market determined most economic decisions. This plan set high production goals, pushing managers and workers to meet these expectations. Over an eleven year span, large factories, hydroelectric power stations and industry complexes dominated the Soviet Union. This caused the standard of living to be very low. With consumer products scare, wages were low and workers' movements were forbidden.