WI: Soviets don't hand over Bornholm to Denmark in 1946?

The Danish island of Bornholm was controlled by the Soviet Union from 1945 to 1946.

What if the Soviets don't hand the island back to Denmark and either:

-incorporate it into the USSR as part of the RSFSR
-hand it over to Poland
-or create a puppet state on Bornholm called the "People's Republic of Denmark" or something like that.

I presume this would lead to an earlier deterioration in relations between the Soviets and the Western Allies. What other impacts would it have?
 
Why would they do that? The very negative impact of annexing a territory of a Western Ally doesn't seem to be offset by whatever benefit it could give to the Soviets. In OTL they effectively neutralized its potential as a forward NATO base by making it clear that they would regard the stationing of non-Danish troops there as an act of war.
 
Why would they do that? The very negative impact of annexing a territory of a Western Ally doesn't seem to be offset by whatever benefit it could give to the Soviets. In OTL they effectively neutralized its potential as a forward NATO base by making it clear that they would regard the stationing of non-Danish troops there as an act of war.

I agree. Finnmark is another case in point. In both cases, the USSR temporarily sent its military into the territories of occupied Allied nations to help drive out the German troops. It is quite unlikely for Stalin to commit to occupying the land of Allied nations in the immediate wake of the war - it is a whole different thing from occupying the areas of defeated enemy nations. This would mean he seeks to deliberately and directly antagonise the Western Allies as soon as 1945, at a time when the USSR had quite enough work in absorbing the gains that were OK'd with the Western Allies as it was.
 

ATP45

Banned
The Danish island of Bornholm was controlled by the Soviet Union from 1945 to 1946.

What if the Soviets don't hand the island back to Denmark and either:

-incorporate it into the USSR as part of the RSFSR
-hand it over to Poland
-or create a puppet state on Bornholm called the "People's Republic of Denmark" or something like that.

I presume this would lead to an earlier deterioration in relations between the Soviets and the Western Allies. What other impacts would it have?
Nothing change,except 20.000 victims of Gulag more.Soviets usually kill 10% of population.
 

nbcman

Donor
It would impact the Swedes view of the Soviets and make them more likely to cooperate with NATO powers in an open fashion than OTL.
 
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