The Tyrannical Legacy of Joseph Stalin

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Joseph Stalin was born in Gori, Georgia in December of 1878, despite the fact he later assigned a new birthday for himself. In 1922, Stalin was appointed as secretary general of the Central Committee of the Communist Party by Vladimir Lenin, who was exiled in Switzerland. After Lenin's death in 1924, Stalin thwarted his rivals political opposition to take over the Communist Party. By the end of the decade, he'd become the new dictator of the Soviet Union. Needless to say, Stalin was a busy and motivated man.

No matter what his ill-advised political or humanitarian record, Stalin remains a man of intrigue. Transitioning from a theological mindset to atheism, prohibiting the publication of any unfinished or edited photos of himself (due to physical injuries and insecurities), and inundated with an overwhelming love for art, Stalin was a complicated being. Check out this playlist to learn more about the life and legacy of Joseph Stalin.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Joseph Stalin was born December 18, 1879. 00:15

  2. Stalin was a ruthless and feared leader in Russia. 02:09

  3. In 1949, the former Soviet Union had the power to unleash nuclear weapons under Stalin's direction. 02:56

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