Joseph Stalin was born in Georgia, Russia Empire. He was part of the Bolshevik party. Lead by Vladimir Lenin, he became part of the first Bolshevik Central Committee. In 1917, he served as commissar, and adopted the name “Stalin” meaning steel in Russian. In 1922, he served and General Secretary of the Central Committee, and after Vladimir Lenin’s death, he took over and pushed he opponents out of the political game. This was how he stayed in power for 29 years, until his death in 1953.