Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin

Born: December 18, 1878

Died: March 5, 1953

Nationality: Georgian

Occupation: Leader

Biography: Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin was the Premier of the Soviet Union from 6 May 1941 until his death in 5 March 1953. Among the Bolshevik revolutionaries who brought about the Russian Revolution in 1917, Stalin held the position of General Secretary of the party's Central Committee from 1922 until his death.

Source/Notes: Speech The Elections in St. Petersburg (January 1913) - Stalin's speeches, writings and authorised interviews
Source/Notes: Interview with H. G. Wells (September 1937) - Stalin's speeches, writings and authorised interviews
Source/Notes: Said in April, 1945. As quoted in: Conversations with Stalin (1963), Milovan Djilas
Source/Notes: In a speech in 1935. Quoted in: Newsweek, Volume 104, Issues 10-18 (1984)
Source/Notes: As quoted in The Memoirs of former Stalin's secretary (1992) by Boris Bazhanov [Saint Petersburg] (in Russian) - Contemporary witnesses

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Source/Notes: Radio Address "Comrades! Citizens! Brothers and sisters! Men of our army and navy!", on 3 July 1941
Source/Notes: Remark to Nikita Khrushchev and Anastas Mikoyan. Quoted in "Khrushchev: Notes from a Forbidden Land", Time, 30 November 1970.

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Source/Notes: This quote is widely attributed to Stalin, but may have been originated from a similar statement from the work "Französischer Witz" by Kurt Tucholsky (1932).