Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin
Introduction Stalin, Joseph Vissarionovich
(stäˈlĭn, Rus. vĭsəryôˈnəvĭch stäˈlyĭn) [key
], 1879–1953, Soviet Communist leader and head of the USSR from the death of V. I. Lenin
(1924) until his own death, b. Gori, Georgia. His real name was Dzhugashvili (also spelled Dzugashvili or Djugashvili); he adopted the name Stalin ("man of steel") about 1913.
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