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Many people associate the 1920s in Russia as a preparation for Stalin and the period of time after 1953 as a long recovery from his dictatorship People who were anti-revolution pointed to the horror and fatality under Stalin as justification for their position on the issue of the revolution On the other hand pro-revolutionaries point to the fact that he was ultimately victorious in his efforts In the following I will cover Stalins life and Russia under his rule I will explain his run-ins with the law his rise to power what he did with his power and his evil plan for a hold on to power which involved killing those people who threatened him or were in his way Stalin was born in 1879 in Gori Georgia His parents were both Georgian peasants Although neither of them spoke Russian Stalin was forced to learn it because it was the language of instruction at the Gori church school that he attended in 1888-94 He was the best pupil in the school and earned a full scholarship to the Tbilise Theological Seminary He began attending the seminary in 1894 but in 1899 he quit the seminary to become a full-time revolutionary While he studied the priesthood Stalin read forbidden literature including Karl Marxs Das Kapital and soon converted to a new orthodoxy Russian Marxism In Stalins early years he was continually in trouble with the local authorities During this period he took on the nickname Korba a famous Georgian outlaw Korba escaped prison several times at his last escape he fled to St Petersberg where he became a member of the editorial staff of the Pravda in 1912 Within a year Stalin was arrested again and exiled to Siberia He was released from exile by general amnesty after the February Revolution in 1917 and went back to the editorial staff of the Pravda in Petrograd At age 34 he took on the
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