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?
V.I. Lenin
Who were the other two leaders of the "Big 3" allied leaders of WWII?
Winston Churchill
Franklin D. Roosevelt
What region of the Russian Empire was Stalin born in?
Georgia
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?
Leon Trotsky
What Soviet leader of the 1950s and 1960s "de-Stalinized" the country?
Nikita Khrushchev
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 _________
Statistic
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?
Ukraine
What does the name Stalin mean?
Man of Steel
What "archipelago" of forced-labor prisons was established by Stalin?
The Gulag
What city was formerly named Stalingrad?
Volgograd
What job did Stalin originally train for?
Priest
What disease scarred his face as a boy?
Smallpox
What country did he sign a non-aggression pact with in 1939?
Germany
What prize was he hilariously nominated for in 1945 and 1948?
Nobel Peace Prize
What American western film star did Stalin supposedly try to kill?
John Wayne
What book features a pig named Napoleon who is remarkably similar to Stalin?
Animal Farm
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 73
May 23, 2017
If you type in "Churchill" for the allied leader, it already accepts "church" for "priest"
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Level 83
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 80
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 46
Jun 20, 2018
Whiners
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Level 65
Jun 26, 2019
Nope
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Level 69
Apr 27, 2020
Kind of the opposite to normal whining: It's-not-properly-challenging-whiners. Something that, as you know, all of us Jetpunkers take a lot of pride in doing.
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Level 66
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 79
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 80
May 24, 2017
Exactly, it'd better be corrected before showing it ;).
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Level 71
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 79
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 77
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 56
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 45
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 58
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 67
Apr 27, 2020
cool comment, reactionary
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Level 60
May 12, 2020
Cool, now do Churchill.
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Level 77
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 59
Oct 20, 2019
On the other hand, if not for his totalitarian effort to industrialise the country (which was one of the reasons for events like the "Holodomor" and death of millions), USSR would not have the industrial capacity to stop Nazi Germany in WWII. The rapid industralization of Soviet Union was unprecedented and could not be achieved under a more moderate leader. And without it, they would have not been able to produce enough arms to stop the Germans. Stalin was a psychopath, a great oppressor and a mass-murderer, but if he didn't came to power, the fate of Slavic people of Central and Eastern Europe could have been mass extermination and enslavement, as was in the intention of Nazi government.
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Level 38
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 72
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 60
Apr 27, 2020
The whole idea that the USSR was hell bent on world domination has never been substantiated. But it ensured that so-called free people in the West lived in fear believing it was true. The whole idea of the Domino Theory, and the idea that all communist uprisings in nations throughout the world were initiated by the USSR was a complete fallacy, but it formed the basis of Cold War foreign policy and was something people truly believed and which is probably still widely believed today. The Vietnam War, which was probably the most glaring failure of this policy, could have been avoided. Ho Chi Minh very much wanted a united Vietnam to be a US ally, to act as a counterweight to China. Even now you can see the difficult situation Vietnam is in with developments in the South China Sea, but it is now wary of the US. What lives large in the psyche of the Vietnamese is the 1000 year occupation of Vietnam by China.
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Level 60
Apr 27, 2020
If you do not consider the nuances of the situations of individual countries then you make bad policy. There is also evidence to suggest, if you read Alan Bullock's 'Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives', that relations between the USSR and the West may have been a bit different if Roosevelt had lived. He and Stalin apparently got on very well, much to the chagrin of Churchill. Truman, on the other hand, was an ex-army colonel, who had nothing but distrust of Stalin, and had not developed the type of relationship Roosevelt had developed with him during the meetings in Tehran and Yalta.
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Level 72
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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Level 79
Nov 12, 2018
Aren't you supposed to be scaring voters in Ohio into thinking that the Clintons are running child sex trafficking rings out of the basements of pizza parlors? Stop slacking off at work and taking quizzes.
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Level 31
Apr 27, 2020
To be fair, I think you take more quizzes on Jetpunk than almost anyone in the world, so maybe change your wording a bit. Ahaha
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Level 79
Apr 27, 2020
:) the thrust of the joke wasn't that he was spending too much time taking quizzes, but rather than his Russian propagandist employers would be disappointed with his use of Internet time. I'm currently unemployed.
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Level ∞
Mar 14, 2020
In my mind, apologizing for Stalin should be just as taboo as apologizing for Hitler.
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Level 69
Mar 17, 2020
Yes, I agree. Hitler is just as bad as people make him out to be, but Stalin was just as bad, if not worse. War has no "good guys" and the winners wrote the history. All the sides did terrible things. Especially the Soviets. This is not to defend Hitler in any way. He was a terrible person responsible for millions of deaths, but he was not an anomaly
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Level 79
Apr 27, 2020
There are good guys in wars. Stalin wasn't one of them.
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Level 64
Apr 27, 2020
He was just as bad with the ethnic cleansing. Entire tribes of people wiped out. He was a worse butcher than Hitler.
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Level 60
May 12, 2020
The history understander has logged on, folks.
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Level 55
Apr 28, 2020
One of history's largest mass murderers (more than Hitler in fact) who's paranoia and desire to murder cost the lives of millions of his citizens including many loyal red army commanders and government officials he was jealous of. Someone who didn't care about human life anymore when his wife died. Not to mention he also tried to kill John Wayne because of his anti communist views. I cannot believe I actually have to say this to you but defeating the nazis (which certainly helped) doesn't somehow excuse all of the atrocities he committed.
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Level 81
Dec 29, 2018
"Stalin supposedly tried to kill John Wayne" has gotta be one of the weirdest things I've ever learned on Jetpunk.
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Level 55
Apr 28, 2020
John Wayne was the ultimate badass. When the US government informed him of the plan, he asked the CIA not to protect him and for Stalin's men to come see him so he could "take care of them". Respect is almost an understatement on that one. Huge bromance.
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Level 69
Mar 17, 2020
You may want to fix the wording in the non-aggression pact one, since technically Molotov signed it, not Stalin
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Level 51
Apr 11, 2020
"What region of the Soviet Union suffered millions of the deaths during the "Holodomor" famine of 1932-1933?" Kuban, South Siberia, Kazakhstan, Volga region and some others.
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Level 71
Apr 27, 2020
The Soviet famine encompassed the people and regions you mention, but Holodomor is a Ukrainian word and refers only to Ukraine.
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Level 64
Apr 27, 2020
As of last year, Stalin's approval rating in Russia is at a record-high 70%. This is 67 years after the man died. Totalitarianism is back in vogue. And some people still can't figure out why many in the United States are in a panic.
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Level 55
Apr 28, 2020
Do you have a link to an article to support that claim?
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Level 64
Apr 28, 2020
I've seen it several times in the past year. Here's one article: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2019-05-09/stalin-is-more-popular-than-ever-in-russia-survey-shows
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Level 57
Apr 27, 2020
Aww, come on, I was really looking forward to being one of the few to know his real name, Djugashvili. Useless knowledge once more proven to be useless. XD
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Level 29
Apr 27, 2020
Why isn’t there one of these for Donald Trump
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Level 64
Apr 27, 2020
He has to accomplish something first. In the meantime, you can just watch one of those Yakety Sax videos and get the gist of his administration.
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Level 79
Apr 27, 2020
Trump very much wants to be a dictator, and his allies in the media and the GOP are downright traitorous in their level of complacency and complicity, but he is not yet a dictator. Yet. If Moscow Mitch, Bill Barr, and Fox News succeed in subverting every last institution left supporting American democracy and rule of law, and he does become a dictator in spite of his own idiocy and incompetence, I'm sure that he would be every bit as villainous as Stalin, Hitler, or anyone else. The man has no moral compass at all. He cares about nothing other than his own ego. At least Stalin and Hitler has plans to improve their own countries, and implemented many changes that actually did that, in between committing genocide and purging political rivals. Trump talks about making America great because he knows it's an applause line and he craves praise; but he doesn't actually have any plan or intention of doing that.
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Level 60
Apr 28, 2020
Calm down, lady.
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Level 79
Apr 29, 2020
I'm calm. Read a book.
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Level 29
Apr 29, 2020
Lol