Joseph Stalin

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Date of Birth December 18, 1878
Place of Birth Georgia (country)
Date of Death Mar 5, 1953 (74)
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Joseph Stalin

Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin was a Georgian revolutionary and Soviet politician who led the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until 1953 as the general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and premier of the Soviet Union. Despite initially governing the Soviet Union as part of a collective leadership, he eventually consolidated power to become the country's de facto dictator by the 1930s. A communist ideologically committed to the Leninist interpretation of Marxism, Stalin formalised these ideas as Marxism–Leninism, while his own policies are known as Stalinism. Born to a poor family in Gori in the Russian Empire, Stalin joined the Marxist Russian Social Democratic Labour Party as a youth. He edited the party's newspaper, Pravda, and raised funds for Vladimir Lenin's Bolshevik faction via robberies, kidnappings, and protection rackets. Repeatedly arrested, he underwent several internal exiles.

Born: Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili, Gori, Tiflis Governorate, Caucasus Viceroyalty, Russian Empire (present-day Georgia)
Died: March 5, 1953, Kuntsevo Dacha, Kuntsevo, Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Cause of death: Cerebral hemorrhage
Resting place: Lenin's Mausoleum, Moscow (9 March 1953 – 31 October 1961), Kremlin Wall Necropolis, Moscow (from 31 October 1961)
Political party: RSDLP (1901–1912), RSDLP (Bolsheviks) (1912–1918), Russian Communist Party (1918–1953)
Children: Yakov Dzhugashvili, Vasily Dzhugashvili, Svetlana Alliluyeva, Artyom Sergeyev (adopted)
Mother: Ekaterine Geladze
Father: Besarion Jughashvili
Cabinet: Stalin I–II
Preceded by: Vyacheslav Molotov, (as Responsible Secretary)
Succeeded by: Georgy Malenkov (de facto)
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About Joseph Stalin

Soviet dictator who ruthlessly enforced Communism in the USSR from 1929 to 1953. He executed many of his former party members including Leon Trotsky in a Great Purge during the 1930's and he sent millions of his people to labour camps known as Gulags.

Before Fame

He was expelled from a Georgian Orthodox seminary for missing his final exams and forming a Social Democratic study circle that read illegal literature.


Under his leadership, the USSR became the second world power with nuclear weapons, and engaged in the Cold War against the United States.

Family Life

He married twice, his second marriage to Nadezhda Alliluyeva lasted from 1919 to 1932. His children were Yakov Dzhugashvili, Vasily Dzhugashvili, and Svetlana Alliluyeva.


The more power he gained, the easier it was to put down opposition groups like those headed by Leon Trotsky.

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