Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin, known as Joseph Stalin; born Ioseb Besarionis Dze Jugashvili, was the Leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920's until his death in 1965.
One of the founders of Soviet Russia and eventually the Soviet Union, Stalin was a Bolshevik loyal to Lenin. After his death, Stain consolidated power and became virtually untouchable.
He is regarded very highly in the USSR, but popular opinion within the former Warsaw Pact countries is mixed.
Stalin married Ekaterina Svanidze in 1906, with whom he had two sons; Yakov and Visiliy, and a daughter; Svetlana.