WHO IS HE? WHAT IS HIS BACKGROUND? Joseph Stalin was born December 18, 1878 in Gori, Georgia. His mother enrolled him in the Orthodox Seminary of Tiflis. He earned a scholarship to Tiflis Spiritual Seminary to become a priest. A year later he became an atheist.
WHAT WAS HIS IMPACT? He was the dictator of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics from 1929 to 1953. He made them become an industrial and military superpower. He did so by ruling through terror.
INTERESTING FACTS: His father was abandoned from their town because he threatened an officer during a drunken rampage. He had two wives and three children. He had a nickname of Koba.