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- Stalin, Joseph Originally Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili. 1879-1953. Soviet politician. The successor of Lenin, he was general secretary of the Communist Party (1922-1953) and premier (1941-1953) of the USSR. His rule was marked by the exile of Trotsky (1929), a purge of the government and military, the forced collectivization of agriculture, a policy of industrialization, and a victorious but devastating role for the Soviets in World War II.
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- proper n. Joseph Stalin, Bolshevik revolutionary, dictator of the Soviet Union.
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- n. Russian leader who succeeded Lenin as head of the Communist Party and created a totalitarian state by purging all opposition (1879-1953)
SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE, AUTHOR, "STALIN: THE COURT OF THE RED TSAR": The "great terror" was when, in a complete paroxysm of a witch hunt, really, Stalin and his top people decided to cull the whole leadership of the Communist Party, and killed about a million of them.
Like those who wrote anything in Stalin's Soviet Union announcing every-once-and-a-while that your views are in agreement with Comrade Stalin is the price of doing anything.
In the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s, Republican soldiers are said to have died with the word Stalin on their lips.
This was the euphemism Stalin employed to justify his execution orders, presumably on the grounds that the Polish officers would be a force to be reckoned with in his plan to crush the dream of an independent Poland.
More interesting to me were the feelings of the people who had been complicit in Stalin's crimes.
The only difference between Lenin and Stalin is that Stalin lived to carry out the plans of Lenin and Lenin died.
It was 1947 and Rand, a Russian é migr é, was giving testimony before the committee regarding life in Stalin's U.S.S.R. Jeremy Hildreth The perimeter surrounding Perm-36.
The General Secretary of the Soviet Union from 1922, until his death in 1953, Stalin is responsible for the second greatest genocide in the history of mankind.
“Cadres decide everything” - this expression of Josef Stalin is widely quoted by the Kazakhstanis when they discuss new appointments in the government, which usually doesn't feature much new faces, coming down to “reshuffling” of the old “deck”.
In any case, comparing him to Hitler or Stalin is simply silly.
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