Joseph Stalin (1878-1953) was the dictator & successor of the Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin who died in 1924. Many of his own citizens died of his brutal prosecutions. IN UKRAINE ALONE IN 1932-33 HE BROUGHT ABOUT A TERRIBLE FAMINE WHICH KILLED more millions than the holocaust, known as THE HOLOMODOR. Stalin defeated Nazi Germany with the lives of more than 10 million Soviet soldiers and took control of much of Germany and Eastern Europe and started a 'Cold War' with the West. Soviet hero?