Interesting facts about Joseph Stalin: The “Man of Steel”

Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin was one of the most controversial and influential political personality of the past century. He was the undisputed leader of the very powerful USSR for more than 30 years. Stalin was a brutal and aggressive dictator who was committed to transforming the Soviet Union into a world superpower.
As an influential political figure of the Soviet Union, he became the primary driving factor which brought significant changes in people’s beliefs and ideas thus revolutionizing developments in Russia. This terrific political leader played a key role in the liberation of Russians from the Nazism reign.
There are several questions about Stalin that are yet to be answered accurately. Those who admired him call an exceptional leader who cared for his people and defending his country. On the other hand, those who didn’t like Stalin described him as a ruthless dictator just like Adolf Hitler, if not even worse.
All this is quite debatable. For that reason, we’ll try to bring some light to the life of Joseph Stalin by presenting eight interesting facts which most of you might not know.
1. Second World War sparked off lots of “out there” innovations and ideas. One of Stalin’s top ideas was to establish an army comprising of half-human soldiers. His argument was that human soldiers feel pain, need food and are weak.
He needs soldiers who were inexpensive to look after, ferocious, energetic, and without any niggling feelings of conscience and morality. You should note that the nature of Stalin’s contribution is a point of debate today, but the program is well-documented, with a renowned scientist called Ilya Ivanov carrying out some very real and shocking experiments, to develop mutant soldiers.
2. Stalin’s mustache was among the most iconic “logos” of the twentieth century. When we always think of the most iconic logos, Apple’s bitten apple, Nike’s swoosh, Superman’s S insignia and Mercedes’ tri-star, among others comes to our minds.
But, well before the famous modern logos, there existed Stalin’s mustache. Believe it or not, his mustache became a significant source of inspiration for other “mustached” dictators who copied him, including Saddam Hussein and Hitler.
3. Despite many people knowing him as the influential leader of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin had a decent job before that. He worked as a weatherman at the Tiflis Meteorological Observatory before he conquered several parts of Asia and Europe.
At this institution, he was in charge of recording rainfall and atmospheric pressure amounts, including other interesting details.
4. Stalin loved to drink wine. Do not be quick to call the guy an alcoholic or a drunkard since he was not one; instead, he was into the culture and art of wine. He enjoyed everything about it: the color, the smell, the bottles, and the taste of course. It’s alleged that his favorite wine was Khvanchkara, a traditional Georgian wine with the raspberry notes.
5. Stalin refused to offer a ransom for the release of his son. During Second World War, the Nazis took Stalin’s son, Yakov, as a prisoner. Of course, Hitler was keen to make an audacious ransom demand.
True to his Man of Steel moniker, Stalin rejected any ransoming deal. Regardless of the torture Hitler threatened would befall his son, he could hear none of it. Sadly, his son eventually died in prison.
6. During the early years of his movement, Stalin used to raise cash through kidnapping, extortion, and robbery. His Tiflis bank robbery stories ruined his reputation in 1907.
7. Stalin wanted to become a priest. Before being influenced by anti-religious thought and the leftist ideas of Marxism, Stalin wanted to become an Orthodox priest. Abiding by the wishes of his mother, he joined the Tbilisi Theological Seminary on a full scholarship, with the aim of being ordained at the Russian Orthodox Church. But, as destiny would’ve it, Stalin would pick up the Karl Marx’s works and abandoned priesthood.
8. Joseph Stalin wasn’t actually Russian. He wasn’t a native Russian. Instead, Stalin hailed from humble beginnings in Georgia. However, as he adopted the Marxist thought, he became powerful; rising slowly in the Russia communist party.
But, his origin country wouldn’t escape him. He played a crucial role in the dictatorial military imposition of the Vladimir Lenin’s communist movement in Georgia. This military campaign organized in his home country was one of the first campaigns which demonstrated Stalin’s hard-line approach to enhancing the spread of communist ideology.

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