MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Yossif Vissarionovitch Dzhugashvili known as Joseph Stalin ("man of steel", 1879-1953) laying in state 08 March 1953 in Moscow. After a failed start as a novice priest, Stalin joined the ranks of the revolutionaries Bolsheviks who seized power in Russia in 1917. Rising ruthlessly through the political ranks of Soviet new regime, Stalin succeeded the Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin after his death in 1924 and installed a fearsome process of repression. He become later the head of the Soviet Union and died of a cerebral haemorrhage 05 March 1953. (Photo credit should read AFP/Getty Images)