Trainee priest, revolutionary bank robber, and murderous dictator Joseph Stalin began life as Iosif Vissarionovich Djugashvili (Russian script: Ð˜Ð¾ÑÐ¸Ñ„ Ð’Ð¸ÑÑÐ°Ñ€Ð¸Ð¾Ð½Ð¾Ð²Ð¸Ñ‡ Ð”Ð¶ÑƒÐ³Ð°ÑˆÐ²Ð¸Ð»Ð¸). He was born in Gori, Georgia, in the Russian Empire of 1878.1,2 His motherâ€™s pet name for him was â€˜Sosoâ€™, the diminutive of â€˜Josephâ€™. He himself used many names during his later secret life, but in 1913, he adopted the name Stalin (Ð¡Ñ‚Ð°Ð»Ð¸Ð½), meaning â€˜man of steelâ€™ (Russian stalâ€™ ÑÑ‚Ð°Ð»ÑŒ = steel).
Introduction to violence
His father, Vissiaron, or â€˜Besoâ€™, was a violent alcoholic who beat his son for the least or no provocation. Once he threw Soso to the floor so hard that there was blood in the boyâ€™s urine for days. Soso was terrified of the drunken Beso. A friend wrote, â€˜Undeserved beatings made the boy as hard and heartless as the father himselfâ€™, and it was thus through his father that â€˜he learned to hate peopleâ€™.3 Read More: http://creation.com/stalin