Joseph Stalin 🇷🇺🇬🇪


Born: December 18, 1878

P.O.B: Gori, Georgia

Died: March 5, 1953

P.O.D: Kuntsevo Dacha


Stalin grew up poor and an only child. His father was a shoemaker and alcoholic who would often beat his son. His mother was a laundress. 

During his teenage years, he earned a scholarship to attend a private college in the nearby city of Tblisi and study for the priesthood in the Georgian Orthodox Church. While there, he began to read the work of Karl Marx, who is often hailed as the founder of communism, sparking Stalin’s interest in the revolutionary movement against the Russian monarchy. 

In 1899, Stalin was expelled from the college due to missing exams, despite his claim that it was for spreading communist propaganda, which he made to imply his lifelong cause of spreading communism. 

After leaving school, Stalin became a political protest leader, participating in labor-related demonstrations and strikes.

Stalin also became involved in various criminal activities, including bank heists, which funded the Bolshevik Party. 

This resulted in multiple arrests between 1902 and 1913, and imprisonment and exile in Siberia.


In 1912, Lenin, who had been exiled to Switzerland, appointed Stalin to serve on the first Central Committee of the Bolshevik Party. 

Three years later, in November 1917, the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia began the Revolution, which lasted until 1922, when the USSR was established, with Lenin as its first leader. During the Russian Revolution, Stalin had continued to move up the party ladder, and in 1922 he became Secretary-General of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, a role that enabled him to appoint his allies to government jobs and grow a base of political support.

After Lenin died in 1924, Stalin seized control of the Communist Party, allowing him to become dictator of the Soviet Union.



“He ordered someone's murder and in doing so, showed the others what happens if they didn't submit to him. Minister today, dead tomorrow – that was the gruesome unpredictability of the system”

~~~ Jörg Baberowski 


Listen to this episode of my podcast for my reflection on the quote and future opposition to Stalin.