How Did Stalin Come to Power?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 9, 2020 5:28:15 PM ET
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Stalin came to power when Lenin died in 1924 by outmaneuvering his rivals to become the head of the Communist Party and then the dictator of the Soviet Union. Lenin was exiled in Switzerland in 1912 when he appointed Joseph Stalin to serve for the Bolshevik Party on the first Central Committee.