Joseph Stalin Biography - Facts, Birthday, Life Story ..."Quotes attributed to Stalin reflected his utter disregard for human life. Among other bons mots, he allegedly declared:“Death is the solution to all problems. No man -- no problem,” and “One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.”
Part of the problem with counting the total loss of life lies with the incompleteness and unreliability of Soviet records. A more troubling dilemma has to do with the fact that many some deaths – like starvation from famines – may or may not have been directly connected to Stalin’s policies.
In any case, if the figure of 60 million dead is accurate that would mean that an average of 2 million were killed during each year of Stalin’s horrific reign – or 40,000 every week (even during “peacetime”).
If the lower estimate of 20 million is the true number, that still translates into 1,830 deaths every single day.
Thus, Stalin’s regime represented a machinery of killing that history – excluding, perhaps, China under Chairman Mao Tse-Tung -- has never witnessed."
... Georgia, Joseph Stalin rose to power as General Secretary of the Communist Party,... a devout Russian Orthodox Christian, wanted him to become a priest.