- NAME: Joseph Stalin
- OCCUPATION: Dictator
- BIRTH DATE: December 18, 1878
- DEATH DATE: March 05, 1953
- EDUCATION: Church school (Gori, Georgia, Russian Empire), Tiflis Theological Seminary
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Gori, Georgia, Russia
- PLACE OF DEATH: Moscow, Russia
- Originally: Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili
- Full Name: Joseph Stalin
- AKA: Iosif Dzhugashvili
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Joseph Stalin ruled the Soviet Union for more than two decades, instituting a reign of terror while modernizing Russia and helping to defeat Nazism.
As dictator of the Soviet Union, Stalin exerted full state control over the Russian people. Citizens were encouraged to accuse and turn-in each other.
As head of the Soviet Union, Stalin mobilized a sleeping nation to war. He utilized the full power of his modernization plan to fight Germany in World War II.
A short biography of Joseph Stalin whose rise to power began during the October Revolution. His forced industrialization of the Soviet Union caused the worst man-made famine in history.
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Earlier, he had ordered the Soviet representative to the United Nations to boycott the Security Council because it refused to accept the newly formed Communist People's Republic of China into the United Nations. When the resolution to support South Korea came to a vote in the Security Council, the Soviet Union was unable to use its veto.
Though his popularity from his successes during World War II was strong, Stalin's health began to deteriorate in the early 1950s. After an assassination plot was uncovered, he ordered the head of the secret police to instigate a new purge of the Communist Party. Before it could be executed, however, Stalin died on March 5, 1953. He left a legacy of death and terror as he turned a backward Russia into a world superpower.
Stalin was eventually denounced by his successor, Nikita Khrushchev, in 1956. However, he has found a rekindled popularity among many of Russia's young people.
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