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Joseph Stalin
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin
  • Born: 18th December 1878, Gori, Tiflis Governorate, Caucasus Viceroyalty, Russian Empire
  • Died: 5th March 1953, Kuntsevo Dacha, Kuntsevo, Moscow, Soviet Union
  • Alma mater: Tbilisi Spiritual Seminary
  • Occupation: Supreme leader of the Soviet Union
  • Political party: Communist Party of the Soviet Union
  • Nicknames: Koba, Uncle Joe, Soso, Man of Steel, Comrade Index Card, The Little Squirt and The Red Tsar
  • Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
  • Favourite musician: Pianist Maria Yudina
  • Inspired by: Vladimir Lenin and his Siberian internment
  • Trivia: He instigated the arrests of 100's of medical professionals in Moscow in the alleged 1952 "Doctors Plot" and with a twist of irony he himself suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on 1st March 1953 and suffered for 3 days before dying whilst the finest medical minds of the Soviet Union were still languishing in prison
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"Death solves all problems - no man, no problem"

Joseph Stalin

"God is on your side? Is He a Conservative? The Devil's on my side, he's a good Communist" [Said to Winston Churchill]

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"Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas"

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"When one person dies, it's a tragedy, but when a million people die, it's a statistic"

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"Great Britain provided time; the United States provided money and Soviet Russia provided blood"

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"The leaders of the bourgeoisie hope to create a blood bath in these countries, rely on the police bayonets, and appeal to the help of people like Gandhi"

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"When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope we use"

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"The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything"

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"Social democracy is objectively the moderate wing of fascism.... These organisations are not antipodes, they are twin"

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"Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed"

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"God is on your side? Is He a Conservative? The Devil's on my side, he's a good Communist"

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"History shows that there are no invincible armies and that there never have been"

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"In the Soviet army it takes more courage to retreat than advance"

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"A sincere diplomat is like dry water or wooden iron"

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"True conformity is possible only in the cemetery"

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"If you're afraid of wolves, don't go into the woods"

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"There are no fortresses that Bolsheviks cannot storm"

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"The writer is the engineer of the human soul"

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"The idea of a concentration camp is excellent"

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"Life has improved, comrades. Life has become more joyous"

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"Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs"

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"They are fooling us, there is no God"

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Joseph Stalin Biography

As brutal dictators go Joseph Stalin takes some beating, but despite the 20 million plus victims of his iron fisted rule he was also responsible for transforming Russia from an agricultural society to an industrialised force with the technology to make nuclear bombs.

His industrialisation was just in time to see out the end of WWII as the T-34 tank became the nemesis for Adolf Hitler's German army and with production reaching 1,300 per month by 1943 there was a lot of fast moving fire power rolling off the Russian production lines. Such a swift transformation from an agrarian society to an industrialised world power came at a huge cost in human capital as millions were killed as they were forced to work in inhuman conditions and if they refused were arrested and executed.

Stalin did indeed see the bigger picture and he ruthlessly carried out his plan with total disregard for human life and limb. Before the Bolshevik revolution comrade Vladimir Lenin was impressed by the young Stalin and took him under his wing and although the heir apparent to Lenin was Leon Trotsky, Stalin managed to outmanoeuvre Trotsky and his allies after Lenins death and it was not long until the The Red Tsar of the Caucasus established himself as supreme leader of the party.



Pre-revolution he got a taste for Siberian exile for various crimes and political misdemeanours and once he was in power he was to turn the Lenin inspired Gulag into a feared sadistic labour camp that few would ever return from. To consolidate his power Trotsky was banished to Kazakhstan in 1928 and deported one year later, however his exile in Mexico still did not satisfy Stalin who sent an assassin in August 1940 to kill the last of his opponents from the former party's leadership.

If the Gulag's were not bad enough he instigated the "Great Purge" between 1936 and 1938 whereby anyone he perceived to be a potential threat was eliminated, inevitably this saw swathes of the hierarchy of the Red Army and Navy executed whilst the Communist party was to be purged from top to bottom. It didn't stop there as millions more were sent to death camps or simply executed as Stalin and his feared secret police chief Nikolai Yezhov as head of the NKVD saw fit.

In 1939 Uncle Joe even turned on his ally Nikolai Yezhov when he had him arrested and in 1940 summarily executed. Yezhov's replacement as Stalin's secret police chief was Lavrentiy Beria who took torture to a new gruesome level even by Russian standards as the Gulags became industrialised.

From 1924 until his ultimate demise in 1953, it has been estimated that he was responsible for more deaths than the efforts of the Hitler, Mao Zedong and Pol Pot regimes all combined.

The only unseemly blots on Uncle Joe's dictatorial resume were the two inconvenient nominations for Nobel Peace Prizes in 1945 and 1948 which recognised his endeavour's to end World War II, apart from that, as one of the greatest dictators of the twentieth century he was also good for a one liner, so this is my compilation of 22 of the best Joseph Stalin quotes

Quotes About Joseph Stalin

The Marxist political activist Isaac Deutscher recognised his remarkable achievements by saying: "He had found Russia working with wooden ploughs and leaving it equipped with atomic piles"

Yugoslavian Communist Milovan ─Éilas didn't beat about the bush with his description saying: "In him were joined the senselessness of a Caligula with the refinement of a Borgia and the brutality of a Tsar Ivan the Terrible"

The American diplomat W. Averell Harriman praised his statesmanship whilst enduring the adversity of WWII when he said: "Stalin was better informed than Roosevelt, more realistic than Churchill, in some ways the most effective of the war leaders"

The Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru paid this tribute to the Soviet leader: "The service of Stalin to his people and the peace and in wartime brought him unique glory, and his death wrested from the modern world the personality of exceptional talents and great achievements. The history of Russia and the whole world will bear the imprints of his efforts and achievements"

Sir Alexander Cadogan from the British Foreign Office recalled this tale from the Kremlin in 1942: "There I found Winston and Stalin, and Molotov who had joined them, sitting with a heavily laden board between them: food of all kinds crowned by a sucking pig, and innumerable bottles. What Stalin made me drink seemed pretty savage"


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