Published on November 23rd, 20121
The Real Truth about Stalin – The Biggest Gangster in the Caucasus
Most students of Social Science know Joseph Stalin as the wartime leader of the Soviet Union who defeated the Nazis at the Eastern Front. We in Popular Social Science have taken a look at the man behind the myth, revealing some unknown and perhaps unflattering characteristics of the statesman.
The History of the former Soviet Premier has until recently been blurred by secrecy and uncertainty. However, following the opening of extensive archives in Moscow and in Georgia sundry new information about his life before the rise to power has become available.
According to British Historian Simon Montefiore, the young Stalin was known as the biggest gangster in the Caucasus. His mischiefs included bank robberies, protection-rackets, extortion, arson, piracy, murder, and, later on, political gangsterism.
Joseph Stalin was born in 1872 in the Georgian town of Gori. It was a tough upbringing, where he suffered at the hands of his violent and drunken father. The town of Gori was a violent and crime infested place, even by the standards of Caucasus. Town brawls were common place, and young Joseph soon became a local street gang leader.
A Prelude to the Moscow Trials
During the famous Moscow trials in the 1930s Stalin got rid of the old leadership of the Soviet Union by accusing them of conspiring against him. Yet, this tactic was by no means new to the Premier, as a story from his childhood clearly illustrates:
The young Joseph could be a good friend toward those who bowed to his strong will. There was an event during communion when a boy sneaked in line in front of one of his friends to get to the communion bread. Stalin would have nothing of that, and had the boy ousted as an informer and teacher’s pet, before he eventually beat the daylights out of him.
A Leader in the Making
Stalin evolved to be a ruthless criminal spreading terror around the Caucasus, and generated profit from train and bank robberies. This is also the main reason why he was invited to join the Bolsheviks; he was actually providing them with the lion’s share of their financing.
Montefiore, Simon Sebag (2007). Young Stalin. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.