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Josef Stalin Josef Stalin was born in 1879 under the name Iosif Vissarionich Dzhugashvili He was born in Gori which is now the Republic of Georgia and his parents were both Georgian peasants who did not know how to speak Russian However Stalin learned the Russian language at his school a Georgian church school which he attended from 1888 to 1894 Here he earned a full scholarship to the Tbilisi Theological Seminary where he started reading and learning about the principles of Marxism Stalin was later expelled from the seminary for distributing Marxist propaganda and thus became a full-time revolutionary In 1899 Stalin began working as a propagandist for the Social- Democratic party A Marxist revolutionary group He was caught and arrested by the police in 1902 and spent more than a year in prison before being exiled to Siberia Stalin escaped in 1904 and married his first wife Yekaterina Svanidze She died six years later in 1910 After her death Stalin was subsequently arrested eight times six in which he escaped He was last arrested in 1913 in which he spent four years in exile and was released in 1917 He married for the second time in 1919 to Nadezhda Alliluyeva who later committed suicide in 1932 Between 1905 and 1917 Stalin followed and supported the Bolshevik party and in 1907 he helped organize a bank holdup in Tbilisi to expropriate funds for the Bolshevik cause He was selected by Lenin the leader of the Bolshevik Central Committee in 1912 and the following year he briefly edited the new party newspaper the Pravda Truth At Lenins request he wrote his first major work Marxism and the Nationality Question However before this article appeared in 1914 Stalin was sent to Siberia Following the Russian Revolution of February 1917 Stalin returned to Petrograd now known as Saint Petersburg where
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