Joseph Stalin was General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union's Central Committee from 1922 until his death in 1953. During that time he established the regime now known as Stalinism. As one of several Central Committee Secretariats, Stalin's formal position was originally limited in scope, but he gradually consolidated power and became the de facto party leader and dictator of the Soviet Union.
Stalin launched a command economy in the Soviet Union, forced rapid industrialization of the largely rural country and collectivization of its agriculture. While the Soviet Union transformed from an agrarian economy to a major industrial powerhouse in a short span of time, millions of people died from hardships and famine that occurred as a result of the severe economic upheaval and party policies. At the end of 1930s, Stalin launched the Great Purge, a major campaign of political repression. During the continued repressions in the country under Stalin millions of people who were a threat to the Soviet politics or suspected of being such a threat were executed or exiled to Gulag labor camps in remote areas of Siberia or Central Asia. A number of ethnic groups in Russia were forcibly resettled for political reasons. QuotesDaddy
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All quotes by Joseph Stalin  
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“One death is a tragedy; a million is a statistic.”

“It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”

“Ideas are far more powerful than guns. We don't allow our enemies to have guns, why should we allow them to have ideas?

“Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.”

“Death solves all problems - no man, no problem.”

“The people who cast the votes don't decide an election, the people who count the votes do.”

“When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope”

“The Pope? How many divisions has he got?”

“In the Soviet army it takes more courage to retreat than advance.”

“Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs.”