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The Dictator Files: Joseph Stalin

Can you name these facts about the infamous dictator Joseph Stalin?
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Who preceded Stalin as the leader of the Soviet Union?
Who were the other two leaders of the "Big 3" allied leaders of WWII?
What region of the Russian Empire was Stalin born in?
What term referred to the division between free and Communist Europe after WWII?
The Iron Curtain
What rival communist leader was assassinated in Mexico City on Stalin's orders?
What Soviet leader of the 1950s and 1960s "de-Stalinized" the country?
Fill the blank in this quote that is mis-attributed to Stalin:
The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a _________
What friendly nickname did Stalin acquire during WWII?
Uncle Joe
What region of the Soviet Union suffered millions of the deaths during
the "Holodomor" famine of 1932-1933?
What does the name Stalin mean?
Man of Steel
What "archipelago" of forced-labor prisons was established by Stalin?
What city was formerly named Stalingrad?
What job did Stalin originally train for?
What disease scarred his face as a boy?
What country did he sign a non-aggression pact with in 1939?
What prize was he nominated for in 1945 and 1948?
What American western film star did Stalin supposedly try to kill?
What book features a pig named Napoleon who is remarkably similar to Stalin?
What was the name of Stalin's killing of at least 600,000 political enemies -
including almost every high ranking military officer in the late 1930s?
The Great Purge
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level 68
May 23, 2017
If you type in "Churchill" for the allied leader, it already accepts "church" for "priest"
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level 78
May 23, 2017
I find that a bit too easy, shouldn't be accepted. Also just "nobel" (there are several kinds of those too), but not "peace"?
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level 74
May 24, 2017
Yes, as it is, it is a useless gimme.
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level ∞
May 24, 2017
Fixed
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level 43
Jun 20, 2018
Whiners
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level 68
May 23, 2017
I can't see the Stalingrad question but it comes up in the answers
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level ∞
May 24, 2017
Fixed
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level 73
May 23, 2017
Same problem with the last question. Also the original name of the city was Tsaritsyn, it was then Stalingrad and only after that it became Volgograd. So Stalingrad was renamed Volgograd, not the other way around.
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level 74
May 24, 2017
Exactly, it'd better be corrected before showing it ;).
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level 67
May 24, 2017
I looked up the John Wayne thing. I found two quotes pretty funny. ""Yakima told me that the FBI had discovered there were agents sent to Hollywood to kill John Wayne," said Mr Munn. "He said the FBI had come to tell John about the plot. John told the FBI to let the men show up and he would deal with them."" Which is just hilarious, and... "Wayne also told Mr Munn about an attempt to kill him by an enemy sniper while he was visiting the troops in Vietnam in d1966. "One of the snipers was captured," said Mr Munn, "and said there was a price on John's head, put there by [China's communist leader] Mao Tse Tung."" So, if true, he supposedly survived Stalin AND Mao!
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level 73
Aug 22, 2017
Easy. Read Montifiore's young Stalin biography a few years back. Fascinating man. Stalin didn't really establish the gulag system- though the name was adopted and the system was refined during his time in power. The practice of exiling prisoners to Siberia in order to colonize the more inhospitable areas of the Russian Empire was started by the tsars. Stalin himself was actually arrested and exiled six times in his early years (he kept making his way back).
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level 70
Aug 22, 2017
Wouldn't Stalin's birthplace, Georgia, be part of the Soviet empire, not the Russian Empire? Russia and Georgia were two separate Soviet Republics, along with the other 13.
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level 58
Aug 22, 2017
No. At the time of Stalin's birth (1878) the Soviet Union did not exist, and Georgia was part of the Russian Empire. After the Russian Revolution in 1917 Georgia declared itself an independent nation which lasted until 1921 when the Soviets invaded and absorbed Georgia into the Soviet Union
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level 44
Aug 22, 2017
You can't be a dictator if you were democratically elected to all your positions.
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level 64
Aug 22, 2017
So by your own statement, Robert Mugabe isn't a dictator?
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level 48
Aug 22, 2017
Incorrect. Anyone one who has absolute power over a nation is a dictator.
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level 73
Aug 25, 2017
This is right, but the comment you are responding to implies Stalin was popularly elected which is even more incorrect.
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level 73
Aug 25, 2017
What position do you believe Stalin was elected to?? He became friends with Lenin because Lenin was a terrorist who appreciated Stalin as a thug and a gangster. He was appointed to be General Secretary, not elected, and then as General Secretary he usurped and consolidated power until making himself dictator by assassinating opponents like Trotsky and eventually purging (murdering/exiling) thousands upon thousands of people- anyone who dared oppose him and many who did not but were unlucky enough to arouse Stalin's legendary paranoia.
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level 40
Jun 25, 2018
Stalin wasn't democratically elected to his positions.
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level 59
Aug 22, 2017
I think you should accept "Nazi Germany" for "Germany".
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level 74
Aug 23, 2017
Hey if you want to type in an extra word and waste more time, be my guest.
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level 59
Aug 23, 2017
I will and I want, but it won't accept "Nazi Germany".
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level 43
Sep 19, 2017
Very unjust and propagandistic portrayal of a man to whom the free world owes more than anyone the victory over the atrocious nazis and managed succesfully to convert its country in a war machine prepared to resist the huge blow inflicted by them, as a final consequence of the pemanent hostility carried out against the USSR by the Western powers. Why do not put other more balanced questions on well-known matters as the collectivisation, theory of building socialism in a sole country, quinquennial plans, support for Spanish republicans, city which he defended during the Russian Civil War against the Russian Whites,...?
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level 57
Sep 25, 2017
...he also killed at least 20 million people, some estimates amounting it to 60 million, a third of his populace. I'm not sure he deserves "balanced" questions.
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level 70
Oct 17, 2017
As you can see in the last question, if he didn't kill most of top military, he would've already had a country prepared for war.
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level 39
Mar 4, 2018
The USSR, like any other country on earth, was far from perfect. But I cannot understand why it became the sworn enemy of the USA, given its status as one of the USA's allies in WWII. Especially given that Japan, whose monstrous deed was responsible for the US entry into WWII now appears to carry favorite nation status. Strange, indeed!
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level 70
Mar 19, 2018
It probably has something to do with the fact that the USSR was a nightmarish totalitarian state that aggressively expanded its murderous system of oppression across much of the face of the world and put down all dissent with bloodthirsty zeal. Whereas Japan became a peaceful liberal democracy after WWII.
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level 70
Mar 19, 2018
The USSR under Stalin was strong and the deployment of its armies to crush Nazi Germany was a great thing for the free world, but it was a response to Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union, not some altruistic act - remember he started the war as a good friend of Hitler's, joining him in carving up Poland. If Stalin helped us, it was because, for a time, our interests aligned with his. Stalin's assistance to the Spanish Republic was more of an attempted (and failed) power grab that saw thousands of fighters on the Republican side arrested or executed on the orders of Stalin's agents who came to dominate the Republic's government. Collectivisation was a disaster that resulted in millions of deaths. Indeed it is perverse that you would accuse the questions in the quiz of being propaganda, given the credulous Stalinist talking points you've typed out.
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level ∞
Mar 20, 2018
As Churchill said "If Hitler invaded Hell, I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons".
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