A man holds a portrait of the Soviet dictator Josef Stalin against an Orthodox cathedral at the memorial built to honour those who died in the Battle of Stalingrad during the World War II, in the Russian city of Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad, on February 2, 2013. Russia marked today the 70th anniversary of a brutal battle in which the Red Army defeated Nazi forces and changed the course of World War II. The pulverised city was renamed Volgograd in 1961 after Soviet leaders admitted the extent of Stalin's tyranny during his decades in power.AFP PHOTO / MIKHAIL MORDASOV
Joseph Stalin (1879 - 1953), General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, circa 1930.
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Russia's Central Committee Joseph Stalin.
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Portrait of the general Secretary of the Communist Party of USSR Stalin. 1940s
Joseph Stalin (1879-1953) Russian Communist dictator.
Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, born Josef Vissarionovich Dzugashvili, (1879 - 1953), attending the Potsdam Conference at Cecilienhof Palace near Berlin, where the 'Big Three' meetings were held to determine action against Japan and make arrangements for post war Europe, 2nd August 1945.
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Future Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin (1879 - 1953) with a group of Bolshevik revolutionaries in Turukhansk, Russia, 1915. From left to right (standing): unknown, Suren Spandaryan, Stalin, Lev Kamenev, Grigory Petrovsky, Linde, Jacob Sverdloff, unknown; (seated) Fyodor Samoylov, Sergusheva, Badaieff and Nikolai Shagov.