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Joseph Stalin was the suJoseph Stalin was the supreme ruler of the Soviet Union and leader of world communism for almost thirty years Stalins leadership in this time of upheaval and change moved a backward and underdeveloped Russia into the forefront of the world stage He was an economically successful yet pitiless and tyrannical leader His plans for the growth of Russian economy and his stand on social political and military issues propelled Russia forward at an astounding rate During his reign Russia expanded its already immense boarders won a war of unprecedented destructiveness underwent extreme social and religious change and became the second most important industrial nation in the world The cost of all of these advances was high millions of lives were lost people suffered from political repression massive material and spiritual deprivation and a strict totalitarian system of rule At and All-Union Party congress in 1956 three years after Stalins death the Secretary General Nikita Khushehev and other leaders accused him of tyranny terror falsification of history and self-glorification Of course during the time of his leadership no one would have dared say such a thing Not only did Stalin control the government but the military as well Although he made large mistakes it is indisputable that Stalin also had many great victories After the failure of the non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany in 1939 in which Stalin and Adolf Hitler agreed not to go to war against each other and agreed to divide Poland between their nations Stalin allied himself with Britain and the United States Although he sided with these countries Stalin often opposed and sometimes even betrayed them Much of Russias European territory was devastated by mechanized warfare and the horrors of occupation Official Soviet reports at the time stated that 20 million soldiers and civilians perished in the war but it was later revealed that a more realistic figure for Soviet losses was between
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