Joseph Stalin

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Noun1.Joseph Stalin - Russian leader who succeeded Lenin as head of the Communist Party and created a totalitarian state by purging all opposition (1879-1953)Joseph Stalin - Russian leader who succeeded Lenin as head of the Communist Party and created a totalitarian state by purging all opposition (1879-1953)
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Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin led the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953.
But why is Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin (1878-1953), whose 139th birth anniversary fell recently, so favoured, given he is not a very positive figure?
Born in 1878 to a drunken father and strictly religious Georgian Orthodox mother, Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin (bom Ioseb Besarionis Dze Jughashvili) would go on to lead the Soviet Union as general secretary of the Central Commit tee of the All-Union Communist Party, or Bolsheviks (later renamed Communist Party of the Soviet Union, CPSU), from 1922 to his death in 1952.