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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)
From Russian Сталин, from сталь ("steel"), from German Stahl (Wiktionary)