After a long time, we are back on the business. We are here to talk about the most influential, controversial, and popular political figure today. Can you guess? Yes, we are talking about Joseph Stalin.
As all of us know that there are a lot of questions on him and all of us are curious to know the hidden facts of this powerful man. Breaking the silence we will tell you the secrets of the facts and the true image of Stalin.
In this article, we have managed 20 facts about Joseph Stalin. This person has admired as a hero to some people and a villain for some people.
We certainly do not judge his personality, expect to dig some facts about him. So, not going late let’s find out the truths.
1. As a boy, he was bullied because of his looks
Stalin had a bit hard life as a kid and that’s not an enhancement. This person used to be teased and dominated by other kids for his appearance because when he was seven he caught smallpox, which left his face slashed and also left him with a slightly distorted arm. So because of the facts, other children called him “Pocky.”
2. He loved to drink wine
Please don’t rush to call the man a drunk or an alcoholic because he wasn’t one. Rather, he loved the art and culture of wine and loved everything about it, like the bottles, the smell, the color, and the taste of course.
And it is believed that his favorite wine was Khvanchkara, a Georgian wine with raspberry notes.
3. He never said his infamous statistics quote
Have you listen to this one ?“A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic” as this is one of the most well-known quotes of all time. Which was probably never spoken by Stalin.
But many historians have discussed whether he did because there’s no official source to verify it.
4. He suffered from atherosclerosis of the brain
One autopsy showed that Stalin had suffered from cerebral atherosclerosis which is a type of atherosclerosis where the build-up of plaque occurs in the blood vessels of the brain.
This is believed, this may have been one of the reasons behind his cruel acts and paranoia!
5. He wanted to be a priest as a youngster
Now telling something that may be hard to imagine that someone who closed every Christian church in Russia and became a symbol of “warfare” atheism, wanted to be a priest, but the truth is that a young Stalin was on the way to becoming one!
When he was sixteen, he earned a scholarship and entered the Georgian Orthodox Seminary of Tiflis.
6. He was a cinephile (a lover of films)
Do you know, Stalin was a movie freak? In fact, he loved movies so much that he made sure each one of his many homes included a private movie theater obviously.
7. He was a poet
Stalin’s artistic “biases” didn’t turn exclusively around films but he was actually into poetry, too. In the paper name Soselo, Stalin wrote and published many of poems.
8. He was a school dropout
After his plans to become a priest changed in 1899 when, according to one of the many theories surrounding this period of his life, Stalin’s family wasn’t able to pay his tuition.
As his mother, though, he left the seminary because of poor health, and while according to those around him he left because of his destructive activity and ideology, which eventually led him to become an atheist.
9. He was an even bigger fan of John Wayne
Notwithstanding being the authoritative figure in what some called the Eastern Bloc, Stalin was a big fan of Westerns, cowboys, and director John Ford of course, but most of all he loved “the Duke,” whose films Stalin had collected.
10. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize twice
Notwithstanding Stalin going in a downward path in history as one who’s responsible for the murder of millions, he was still nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize! and not just once like his rival Hitler (1939), but twice—in 1945 and 1948.
11. He wasn’t a Russian, as many falsely believe
This man Stalin wasn’t really born in Russia but rather in the town of Gori, situated in present-day Georgia, which was then part of the Russian kingdom.
Notwithstanding of his actual nationality, in December 2008 he was named the third-most-influential Russian in history by Name of Russia, a project by a Russian TV channel aimed at electing the most renowned being in Russian history.
12. He’s legally to blame for the deaths of nearly 20 million citizens
During his period more than 20 million naive Russian citizens were killed and executed, while many more were imprisoned, tortured, banished, killed, and forced into slave industry, mainly because of their political and religious views.
13. His comrades called him “Comrade Index Card”
As for some of Stalin’s prowess and organization, he has never deemed a dynamic speaker or an effective writer. And this was the reason why his fellow Bolsheviks called him “Comrade Index Card,” a nickname that Leon Trotsky gave him in an attempt to underplay his intellectual skills.
There is no wonder Stalin would later found and order Trotsky execution.
14. His favorite musician was decorated pianist Maria Yudina
As per as a passage from The Ladder of the Beatitudes by Jim Forest, this man loved classical music and was a big fan of pianist Maria Yudina, whom Stalin literally adored once he heard her perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.
23 live on the radio. Yet there was no official recording of this piece Stalin emphasized on having a physical copy, and so Yudina and an orchestra presented to his request and created one.
15. His first job was as a weatherman
Notwithstanding as everyone knows him as the leader of the USSR, Stalin had a real job before that. But his one and only real job before he captured many parts of Europe and Asia were as a weatherman at the Tiflis Meteorological Observatory.
Here he was the man in charge of recording rainfall and climatic pressure amounts.
16. His mustache was one of the most iconic “logos” of the 20th century
And whenever we assume of iconic logos our mind definitely goes to Nike’s swoosh, Apple’s bitten apple, Mercedes’ tri-star, and Superman’s S insignia among others, but before these the wildly popular logos, I just mentioned there was Stalin’s mustache!
You believe it or not, Stalin’s mustache became a source of motivation for other “mustached” dictators who followed him, including Hitler and Saddam Hussein.
17. Lenin didn’t like him as much as you might think
Although Lenin helped Stalin rise to the position of General Secretary of the Communist Party in 1922, then Lenin became very concerned with Stalin’s rising power. Yet, when Lenin tried to remove Stalin from the position, Stalin had already grown too powerful.
18. Stalin was really short
Do you know, Stalin was only 5’4” tall. This was a fact that earned him the nickname “the little squirt.” Proportionally, the man who gave him this nickname- American president Harry S. Truman, who was about 5’7” himself.
19. Stalin was the “original” Superman
Many of us do not know that Stalin’s real name was Ioseb Besarionis Dze Jugashvili, which he later changed to Stalin. So, why Stalin from all names? Well, Stalin means “man of steel.” And you can take that as, Superman!
20. Whoever entered his bedroom was executed
There were some rumors that Stalin loved his privacy a little too much and for that acumen, his guards were not allowed to enter his private bedchambers no matter what happens.