It was to some but also freed those countries from the Nazi's as we discussed before and without the Soviet Union, countries like the Baltic States and Poland would be far worse off than they are today.
For at least my country, the Nazis were actually by far the lesser of two evils, as evidenced by both records and the accounts of people old enough to remember the era. For Nazis, my country was some fringe area they didn't really care to do much with, and the people there were mostly of the "acceptable" variety and thus largely left alone. Unless you were Yew or Romani (both which were very small minorities), you mostly only had to fear being drafted and made to fight on some foreign ground you didn't know anything about (which meant you had to leave and were very likely to get killed - but that's also something both sides did, and from what I've heard, the conditions in the Nazi army were generally somewhat better).
There was a period where people genuinely hoped that the "Germans" would liberate them of the red Soviet tyranny (which had already killed, incarcerated and abused many by that point . Briefly, it appeared that they had succeeded and my country was free ... and then they just kind of stuck around instead of going away. So yeah. The Red Terror was gone for the time being, and plenty of people were glad for even just that, even if we had a new occupier. An admittedly less cruel occupier who left the people mostly alone - which was still not ideal, but definitely better.
And then the Soviets came back,
defeated the combined forces of both natives and Nazi Germans, and then the mass-killings and deportations truly began. I don't know a single person aged 70+ who did not lose at least a few relatives or friends to not war, but simple senseless murder at that time. People being lined up and shot was commonplace, and it was done almost-publicly. Others were deported - including my grandmother's best friend and my grandfather's older siblings (a fifth of the country's entire native population was deported
). At other time, my entire fathers' side of family was sentenced to death, and they only survived because the people next door were shot in their stead and no one bothered to do any checking of anything later on. They were "dead" until much later when the administration had changed and no one cared enough to retroactively carry through the sentence. It isn't even certain whether the people who carried through the execution didn't pick another house just because my family wasn't currently at home.
Not even the Russian people who were deported in had easy time. A friend with Russian heritage has confirmed that it was basically his family being told that "OK, you go live and work there now, no questions" - they did not have a choice in the matter, either. They had
to leave their home in Russia behind, they had
to go to some weird little "Soviet country", they had
to yield most of their things, live amongst people who could not even speak proper Russian despite being forcefully made to speak it, had their surnames butchered since the clerks who registered them didn't know how to transcribe Russian surnames into Latin-alphabeted ones...
Then general things like harsh censorship, interrogations, imprisonments for liking wrong things (even quite late into the era) questionable economical decisions, confiscations of property and sources of food, et cetera, et cetera.
Eh ... but at least the children were provided with stuff for hobbies? Building model planes was practically free.