Sta·lin (stäʹlĭn, stălʹĭn), Joseph. Originally Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili. 1879-1953.
Soviet politician. The successor of Lenin, he was general secretary of the Communist Party (1922-1953) and premier (1941-1953) of the USSR. His rule was marked by the exile of Trotsky (1929), a purge of the government and military, the forced collectivization of agriculture, a policy of industrialization, and a victorious but devastating role for the Soviets in World War II.
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