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As V I Lenin the powerful leader of the Russian people lay isolated and incapacitated after his first stroke he warned of the dangers of his underling Comrade Stalin having become general secretary has concentrated limitless power in his hands and I am not sure that he will always manage to use this power with sufficient caution Bullock 120 The man who would eventually lead the nation of Russia in a downward spiral from which it has still not escaped Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili better known as Joseph Stalin was born on December 21 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 Tbilisi Theological Seminary While he studied the priesthood Stalin read forbidden literature including Marxs Das Kapital and soon converted to a new orthodoxy Russian Marxism Before graduation he quit the seminary to become a full-time revolutionary Stalin began his career in the Social-Democratic party in 1899 as a propagandist among Tbilisi railroad workers Between 1902 and 1913 Stalin was arrested eight times he was exiled seven times and escaped six times The government contained him only once his last exile in 1913 lasted until 1917 He adopted the pseudonym Stalin meaning a man of steel during this time Stalin rose quickly in the party by appealing to Lenin with hard work and discipline He was commissar for state control in 1919-23 and-more important-in 1922 he became secretary-general of the party After Lenins death Stalin joined in a troika with Grigory Zinovyev and Kamenev to lead the country With these temporary allies Stalin acted against his archrival Trotsky the foremost candidate for Lenins mantle Once the threat of Trotsky was eliminated however Stalin reversed course aligning himself with
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