For questions about Joseph Stalin, the leader of the U.S.S.R. from 1922 to 1952 and a leading figure in the Bolshevik Revolution.

Joseph Stalin was one of the founding figures of the U.S.S.R. and its leader for much of its early history.

He was one of the leading figures in the Bolshevik Revolution, alongside Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, and others. After the revolution, he took the office of General Secretary of the Soviet Union's Communist Party, a position which he held until it was abolished in 1941, after which he took the title of Premier. He held the office until 1952, shortly before his death in 1953.

From his position as General Secretary, and later Premier, he effectively served as the dictator of the Soviet Union for nearly 30 years. He was a major figure in World War II.