In December 2008, Stalin was voted third in the nationwide television project Name of Russia (narrowly behind 13th-century prince Alexander Nevsky and Pyotr Stolypin, one of Nicholas II's prime ministers). The Communist Party accused the Kremlin in rigging the poll in order to prevent him or Lenin being given first place.
On 3 July 2009, Russia's delegates walked out of an  Only eight out of 385 assembly members voted against the resolution.
In a Kremlin video blog posted on 29 October 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev denounced the efforts of people seeking to rehabilitate Stalin's image. He said the mass extermination during the Stalin era cannot be justified.
In a 2013 Q&A session, when asked whether Russia should restore statues of its Soviet-era leaders, Russian President Vladimir Putin replied "What is the essential difference between (Oliver) Cromwell and (Joseph) Stalin? Can you tell me? No difference,...,(Crownwell's) monument is standing, (and) no one is going to remove it. The essence is not in these symbols, but in the need to treat with respect every period of our history."
Views on Stalin in other former Soviet states
The BBC News reported that "Lasha Bakradze, a professor of Soviet history at 
In a poll taken by Kyiv International Institute of Sociology in February 2013 37% of all Ukrainians had "a negative attitude to the figure of Stalin" and 22% "a positive". Positive attitudes prevailed in East Ukraine (36%) and South Ukraine (27%), and negative attitudes in West Ukraine (64%) and Central Ukraine (39%). In the age group 18–29 years 16% had positive feelings towards Stalin.
In the spring of 2010 a new monument in honor of Stalin was erected in Zaporizhia. In late December 2010 the statue had his head cut off by unidentified vandals and the following New Year's Eve it was completely destroyed in an explosion. On 25 February 2011 Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych stated "Ukraine will definitely not revise its negative view" on Stalin. Ukraine and Poland unveiled a memorial (outside Kiev) to the thousands of Ukrainians, Poles and others killed by Stalin's secret police ahead of World War II in September 2012.
According to a 2012 study, 72% of Armenians do not want to live in a country led by someone like Stalin.
Origin of name, nicknames and pseudonyms
Stalin's original Georgian name is transliterated as "Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili" (noms de guerre, of which "Stalin" was only the last. "Stalin" is based on the Russian word сталь stal, meaning "steel", and the name as a whole is supposed to mean "man of steel". Prior nicknames included "Koba", "Soselo", "Ivanov" and many others.
Stalin is believed to have started using the name "K. Stalin" sometime in 1912 as a pen name.
During Stalin's reign his nicknames included:
- "Uncle Joe", by western media, during and after World War II.
- "Kremlin Highlander" (Russian: кремлевский горец), in reference his Caucasus Mountains origin, notably by Osip Mandelstam in his Stalin Epigram.
- "Vozhd" ' (Russian: Вождь, "the Chieftain"), a term equivalent to the English word "Leader", or German "Führer".
While photographs and portraits portray Stalin as physically massive and majestic (he had several painters shot who did not depict him "right"), he was only 5 feet 4 inches (1.63 m) tall. (President Harry S. Truman, who stood 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) himself, described Stalin as "a little squirt".) His mustached face was pock-marked from small-pox during childhood. After a carriage accident in his youth, his left arm was shortened and stiffened at the elbow, while his right hand was thinner than his left and frequently hidden. Bronze casts made in 1990 from plaster death mask and plaster cards of his hands clearly show a normal right hand and a withered left hand. He could be charming and polite, mainly towards visiting statesmen. In movies, Stalin was often played by Mikheil Gelovani and, less frequently, by Aleksei Dikiy.
Marriages and family
People's Commissar of Nationalities of the RSFSR
Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union
Council of People's Commissars until 1946
Minister of Defence of the Soviet Union
People's Commissar until 1946
Chairman of the State Defense Committee
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General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Generalissimo of the Soviet Union
Time Person of the Year
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Time Person of the Year
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- Index of Soviet Union-related articles
- Anti-Stalinist left
- Stalin Bloc – For the USSR
- Stalin Note
- Stalin Peace Prize
- Stalin Society
- Stalin's antisemitism
- Stalinist architecture
- Stalin Monument in Budapest
- Stalin Monument
- Tax on trees
- List of places named after Joseph Stalin
- Joseph Stalin Museum, Gori
- Yanks for Stalin
- Democracy and Totalitarianism
- Hero of the Soviet Union
- Hero of Socialist Labour
- Order of Victory, twice
- Order of the Red Banner, three times
- Jubilee Medal "XX Years of the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army"
- Order of Lenin, three times (1939, 1945 and 1949)
- Order of Suvorov, 1st class
- Medal "For the Defence of Moscow"
- Medal "For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945"
- Medal "For the Victory over Japan"
- Medal "In Commemoration of the 800th Anniversary of Moscow"
- Order of Sukhbaatar, twice (Mongolia)
- Medal "For the Victory over Japan" (Mongolia)
- Medal "25 years of the Mongolian People's Revolution" (Mongolia)
- Hero of the Mongolian People's Republic (Mongolia)
- Order of the Red Star, three times
- Czechoslovak War Cross 1939-1945, three times
- Order of the White Lion, 5th class and 1st class (Czechoslovakia)
Decorations and awards
Stalin was also a well-regarded poet in his youth. Some of his poems were published in Ilia Chavchavadze's journal Iveria and later anthologized.
- "Anarchism or Socialism?," 1907
- "Marxism and the National Question," 1913
- "The Principles of Leninism," 1924
- "Trotskyism or Leninism?," 1924
- "Dialectical and Historical Materialism," 1938
- "The History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union," 1938
- "The Questions of Leninism," 1946
- "Marxism and Problems of Linguistics," 1950
- "Economic Problems of Socialism in the U.S.S.R.," 1952
- Works. Volume 1–13: Foreign Languages Publishing House, Moscow, 1950s/"Volume 14": Red Star Press, London 1978
There are conflicting accounts of Stalin's birth, who listed his birth year in various documents as being in 1878 before coming to power in 1922. The phrase "death of one man is a tragedy, death of a million is a statistic" is sometimes attributed to Stalin, although there is no proof of him saying that. In addition, hypotheses and popular rumors exist about Stalin's biological father having been explorer Nicolay Przhevalsky. Some Bolsheviks and others have accused Stalin of being an agent for the Okhrana. It is also widely believed that the Red Terror was begun by Stalin.
Hypotheses, rumors and misconceptions about Stalin
The CPSU Central Committee continued to promote atheism and the elimination of religion during the remainder of Stalin's lifetime after the 1943 concordat. Stalin's greater tolerance for religion after 1943 was limited by party machinations. Whether persecutions after World War II were more aimed at certain sections of society over and above detractors is a disputed point.
During the Second World War, Stalin reopened the churches. One reason could have been to motivate the majority of the population who had Christian beliefs. The reasoning behind this is that by changing the official policy of the party and the state towards religion, the Church and its clergymen could be at his disposal in mobilizing the war effort. On 4 September 1943, Stalin invited Metropolitan Sergius, Metropolitan Alexius and Metropolitan Nicholas to the Kremlin and proposed to reestablish the Moscow Patriarchate, which had been suspended since 1925, and elect the Patriarch. On 8 September 1943, Metropolitan Sergius was elected patriarch.
Although raised in the atheist. Stalin had a complex relationship with religious institutions in the Soviet Union. Historians Vladislav Zubok and Constantine Pleshakov have suggested that "[Stalin's] atheism remained rooted in some vague idea of a God of nature."
Stalin was an accomplished billiards player, and could read 500 pages a day, having a library of over 20,000 books.
Khrushchev reports in his memoirs that Stalin was fond of American cowboy movies. He would often sleep until evening in his dacha, and after waking up summon high-ranking Soviet politicians to watch foreign movies with him in the Kremlin movie theater. The movies, being in foreign languages, were given a running translation by Ivan Bolshakov, people's commissar of cinema. The translations were hilarious for the audience as Bolshakov spoke very basic English. His favourite films were westerns and Charlie Chaplin episodes. He banned any hint of nudity. When Ivan showed a film with a naked woman Stalin shouted: "Are you making a brothel here, Bolshakov?" After a movie had ended, Stalin often invited the audience for dinner, even though the clock was usually past midnight. In the aftermath of the war, he took control over all of Joseph Goebbels' films.
Stalin enjoyed drinking, and would often force those around him to join in. He preferred Russian vodka, but usually ate traditional Russian food.
In 1967, Svetlana defected to the United States, where she later married William Wesley Peters, the apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright. She died in Richland Center, Wisconsin on November 22, 2011, from complications of colon cancer. Olga, her daughter with Peters, now goes by Chrese Evans and lives in Portland, Oregon.
Beside his suite in the Kremlin, Stalin had numerous domiciles. In 1919, he started with a country house near Usovo, he added dachas at Zuvalova and Kuntsevo (Blizhny dacha built by Miron Merzhanov). Before World War II he added the Lipki estate and Semyonovskaya, and had at least four dachas in the south by 1937, including one near Sochi. A luxury villa near Gagri was given to him by Beria. In Abkhazia he maintained a mountain retreat. After the war he added dachas at Novy Afon, near Sukhumi, in the Valdai Hills, and at Lake Mitsa. Another estate was near Zelyony Myss on the Black Sea. All these dachas, estates, and palaces were staffed, well-furnished and equipped, kept safe by security forces, and were mainly used privately, rarely for diplomatic purposes. Between places Stalin would travel by car or train, never by air; he flew only once when attending the 1943 Tehran conference.
Vasiliy rose through the ranks of the Soviet Air Force, officially dying of alcoholism in 1962; however, this is still in question. He distinguished himself in World War II as a capable airman. Svetlana emigrated to the United States in 1967. In March 2001, Russian Independent Television NTV interviewed a previously unknown grandson living in Novokuznetsk, Yuri Davydov, who stated that his father had told him of his lineage, but, was told to keep quiet because of the campaign against Stalin's cult of personality.
Stalin had a son, Vasiliy, and a daughter, Svetlana, with his second wife Nadezhda Alliluyeva. She died in 1932, officially of illness. She may have committed suicide by shooting herself after a quarrel with Stalin, leaving a suicide note which according to their daughter was "partly personal, partly political." According to A&E Biography, there is also a belief among some Russians that Stalin himself murdered his wife after the quarrel, which apparently took place at a dinner in which Stalin tauntingly flicked cigarettes across the table at her.