Joseph Stalin Genocide Project

Events

Birth of Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, later known as Stalin

December 21, 1879

First Congress of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party

March 1898

Civil war in Russia. Trotsky organizes Red Army; Stalin commands forces in Tsaritsyn, Petrograd (St. Petersburg), and elsewhere

1918

Stalin elected General Secretary of the Communist Party

April 1922

Stalin elected General Secretary of the Communist Party

April 1922

Lenin, in a postscript to his Testament, warns the Party to remove Stalin from his position of power

January 4, 1923

Lenin suffers final stroke, loses his powers of speech

March 7, 1923

Stalin publicly attacks Trotsky for being unfaithful to "Leninism."

1924

Kamenev and Zinoviev expelled from the Party; Trotsky expelled and sent to Central Asia

November 1927

Terrible famine across the Soviet Union; millions die

1931

Death of Stalin

March 5, 1953