Tolstoy and Vladimir Chertkov (Tolstoy's editor) in 1909 in Kozlova Zaseka Station

Leo Tolstoy with Vladimir Chertkov (friend, editor and publisher) at the train station "Kozlova Zaseka", Russia,

STALIN: "I am only a disciple of Lenin and my goal is to be worthy of his disciple".

A Soviet classroom in a state school, 1966. Portraits of Friedrich Engels and…

A Soviet classroom in a state school, Portraits of Friedrich Engels and Vladimir Lenin hang above the blackboard. fot: Eve Arnold via Collective History

Viktor Govorkov, Stalin cares at the Kremlin about everybody, 1940

Russian poster, "Stalin cares at the Kremlin about everybody." Oh, the irony.

Joseph Stalin was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union's Central Committee from 1922 until his death in 1953. In the years following Lenin's death in 1924, he rose to become the leader of the Soviet Union.

Joseph Stalin was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union's Central Committee from 1922 until his death in 1953. In the years following Lenin's death in 1924, he rose to become the leader of the Soviet Union.

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