As a dictator of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin took Russia from an agricultural economy to an industrial economic power, and helped the Allies to defeat Nazi Germany in WWII with his Red Army. He was an active member i... More »

Joseph Stalin was the de-facto ruler and dictator of the Soviet Union between 1924 and 1953, leading the country through World War II and overseeing a modernization of Russia's industry. Stalin's rule is marked with forc... More »

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Because of his single-mindedness and brutality, Soviet Union dictator Joseph Stalin is responsible for the deaths of an estimated 20 million people. The casualties began early in his reign during the 1920s. More »

Joseph Stalin was the de-facto ruler and dictator of the Soviet Union between 1924 and 1953, leading the country through World War II and overseeing a modernization of Russia's industry. Stalin's rule is marked with forc... More »

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In 1926, Soviet Union dictator Joseph Stalin sent an animal breeding expert to Guinea to try to create a species that was half-man and half-monkey. Stalin dreamed of creating an army of interspecies soldiers. The expert’... More »

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 Jos... More »

Joseph Stalin's first step into significant power came in 1922, when he became the General Secretary of the Communist Party, a position he held until his death. He was never elected into office and got his power through ... More »