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JOSEPH STALIN TYRANT OF STEEL Iosef Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili aka Joseph Stalin was the undisputed leader of the Soviet Union from 1929 to 1953 Although Stalins reign in power did not begin immediately his contribution to government began in 1912 and from then on he slowly rose to the high chain of command Stalins long and troublesome road to absolute power had many steps that marked important events in the Soviet Unions condition but they did not always improve the life of his people Stalins first position in government began in 1898 when he joined a secret Marxist revolutionary group and became involved in many demonstrations In 1901 Stalin began writing for the Brdzola which published many of his revolutionary articles and ideas At the end of 1901 he was formally accepted into the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party Between the years of 1902 and 1913 Stalin was arrested and exiled many times for countless crimes and as a result in 1907 he was expelled from the Social Democratic Labor Party However his luck changed in 1912 when Lenin appointed Stalin to the Bolshevik Central Committee In addition he was given various commands and was appointed to the position of peoples commissar for nationalities After proving himself at this position he was assigned the position of commissar of workers and peasants inspection He finally gained the power he desired most in 1922 when he became general secretary of the Central Committee With this position Stalin was able to control appointments set agendas and transfer officials and increase his own power When Lenin died in 1924 Stalin used the current power he attained and crushed his opponents to become the dictator in 1929 Stalin used his new authority to try and make the Soviet Union a world power so that no enemies could destroy his nation When he first took over he began a series of five-year plans The first plan was to industrialize
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