Joseph Stalin


Joseph Stalin was born Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili on December 21, 1879, in Gori, Georgia—a part of czarist Russia's empire in western Asia. (One ruler, called a czar in Russia, exercised unlimited power over the people.) His father, a former serf, was a shoemaker, and his mother was a domestic servant. Iosif, or Joseph, better known as "Soso," grew up speaking Georgian and only learned Russian at the age of eight or nine. In 1888 he began attending the church school at Gori. He did well in his classes, especially in religious studies, geography, and Georgian. He also studied Greek and Russian. When he left the school in 1894, he was near the top of his class. Stalin's mother wanted him...

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  • Born

    • December 21, 1879
  • Died

    • March 05, 1953
  • Occupation

  • Other Occupations

    • Military leader;
    • Party leader;
    • Revolutionary
  • Nationality

  • Other Names

    • Dzhugashvili, Joseph Vissarionovich;
    • Djugashvili, Iosif Visarionovich;
    • Dzhugashvili, Iosif Vissarionovich
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