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Российский революционер, советский государственный и военный деятель. | Was the leader of the Soviet Union from the 1920s until his death in 1953.
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Иосиф Виссарионович Сталин (настоящая фамилия — Джугашвили, груз. იოსებ ჯუღაშვილი; 6 (18) декабря 1878 (по официальной версии 9 (21) декабря 1879), Гори, Тифлисская губерния, Российская империя — 5 марта 1953, Волынское, Кунцевский район, Московская область, РСФСР, СССР) — российский революционер, советский политический, государственный, военный и партийный деятель. На протяжении четверти века, с конца 1920-х — начала 1930-х годов и до самой своей смерти, Сталин единолично руководил Советским государством.


Одержав верх во внутрипартийной борьбе за власть, завершившейся к концу 1920-х годов разгромом оппозиционных течений, Сталин взял курс на форсированную индустриализацию и сплошную коллективизацию сельского хозяйства для осуществления грандиозного модернизационного проекта — перехода в кратчайшие сроки от традиционного аграрного общества к индустриальному, — что потребовало всемерной мобилизации внутренних ресурсов, сверхцентрализации экономической жизни и формирования в СССР целостной командно-административной системы.


В конце 1930-х годов, в обстановке обострения внешнеполитической ситуации в Европе, Сталин пошёл на сближение с нацистской Германией, достигнув договорённости о разграничении сфер интересов, на основании которой после начала Второй мировой войны СССР присоединил к себе территорию Западной Украины и Белоруссии, Прибалтики, Бессарабии, а также осуществил нападение на Финляндию.


Подвергшись в июне 1941 года нападению Германии, СССР под руководством Сталина как верховного главнокомандующего Вооружёнными силами присоединился к антигитлеровской коалиции и внёс решающий вклад в победу над нацизмом, что способствовало расширению сферы влияния СССР в Восточной Европе и Восточной Азии, что, в свою очередь, привело к холодной войне и расколу мира на две противоборствующие системы. В послевоенные годы Сталин способствовал созданию в стране мощного военно-промышленного комплекса и превращению СССР в одну из мировых сверхдержав, обладающую ядерным оружием.


Правление Сталина характеризовалось наличием автократического режима личной власти, господством авторитарно-бюрократических методов управления, чрезмерным усилением репрессивных функций государства, сращиванием партийных и государственных органов, жёстким контролем государства за всеми сторонами жизни общества, нарушением фундаментальных прав и свобод граждан, массовой гибелью людей в результате голода и репрессий.







Joseph Stalin, or Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin (born Ioseb Besarionis dze Jugashvili, Georgian: იოსებ ბესარიონის ძე ჯუღაშვილი, 18 December 1878 – 5 March 1953), was the de facto leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953.


Among the Bolshevik revolutionaries who took part in the Russian Revolution of 1917, Stalin was appointed General Secretary of the party's Central Committee in 1922. He subsequently managed to consolidate power following the 1924 death of Vladimir Lenin through suppressing Lenin's criticisms (in the postscript of his testament) and expanding the functions of his role, all the while eliminating any opposition. By the late 1920s, he was the unchallenged leader of the Soviet Union. He remained general secretary until the post was abolished it in 1952, concurrently serving as the Premier of the Soviet Union from 1941 onward.


Under Joseph Stalin's rule, the concept of "socialism in one country" became a central tenet of Soviet society. He replaced the New Economic Policy introduced by Lenin in the early 1920s with a highly centralised command economy, launching a period of industrialization and collectivization that resulted in the rapid transformation of the USSR from an agrarian society into an industrial power. However, the economic changes coincided with the imprisonment of millions of people in Soviet correctional labour camps and the deportation of many others to remote areas. The initial upheaval in agriculture disrupted food production and contributed to the catastrophic Soviet famine of 1932–1933, known as the Holodomor in Ukraine. Later, in a period that lasted from 1936–39, Stalin instituted a campaign against alleged enemies of his regime called the Great Purge, in which hundreds of thousands were executed. Major figures in the Communist Party, such as the old Bolsheviks, Leon Trotsky, and several Red Army leaders, were killed after being convicted of plotting to overthrow the government and Stalin.


In August 1939, Stalin entered into a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany that divided their influence and territory within Eastern Europe, resulting in their invasion of Poland in September of that year, but Germany later violated the agreement and launched a massive invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941. Despite heavy human and territorial losses, Soviet forces managed to halt the Nazi incursion after the decisive Battles of Moscow and Stalingrad. After defeating the Axis powers on the Eastern Front, the Red Army captured Berlin in May 1945, effectively ending the war in Europe for the Allies. The Soviet Union subsequently emerged as one of two recognized world superpowers, the other being the United States. The Yalta and Potsdam conferences established communist governments loyal to the Soviet Union in the Eastern Bloc countries as buffer states, which Stalin deemed necessary in case of another invasion. He also fostered close relations with Mao Zedong in China and Kim Il-sung in North Korea.


Stalin led the Soviet Union through its post-war reconstruction phase, which saw a significant rise in tension with the Western world that would later be known as the Cold War. During this period, the USSR became the second country in the world to successfully develop a nuclear weapon, as well as launching the Great Plan for the Transformation of Nature in response to another widespread famine and the Great Construction Projects of Communism. In the years following his death, Stalin and his regime have been condemned on numerous occasions, most notably in 1956 when his successor Nikita Khrushchev denounced his legacy and initiated a process of de-Stalinization. He remains a controversial. figure today, with many regarding him as a tyrant similar to his wartime enemy Adolf Hitler; however, popular opinion within the Russian Federation is mixed.



21st October 08

updated: 2013-11-08

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