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Expropriation is the politically motivated and forceful confiscation and redistribution of private property outside the common law. Unlike eminent domain or laws regulating the foreign investment, expropriation takes place outside the common law and may be used to denote an armed robbery by revolutionaries. The term appears as "expropriation of expropriators (ruling classes)" in marxist theory, and also as the slogan "Loot the looters!", very popular during Russian October Revolution

The term is also used to describe nationalization campaigns by communist states, such as dekulakization and collectivization in the USSR , and as some form of justification for robberies by revolutionaries such as by Joseph Stalin and Kamo in the USSR.

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