Jose Lara Plot Summary 1. Picture of our historical person 2. Biographical paragrarph Stalin was born Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili on 18 December 1878. Stalin had a violent upbringing. His father beat his mother and himself so violently that Stalin once had blood in is urine for over a week. Stalin vastly increased the scope and power of the state’s secret police and intelligence agencies. Under his guiding hand, Soviet intelligence forces began to set up intelligence networks in most of the major nations of the world, including Germany (the famous Rote Kappelle spy ring), Great Britain, France, Japan, and the United States. Stalin made considerable use of the Communist International movement in order to infiltrate agents and to ensure that foreign Communist parties remained pro-Soviet and pro-Stalin. 3. Conflict,countroversy, or struggle But when Lenin died in 1924, he was succeeded by Joseph Stalin, one of the most ruthless humans ever to hold power.To Stalin, the burgeoning national revival movement and continuing loss of Soviet influence in the Ukraine was completely unacceptable. A propaganda campaign was started utilizing eager young Communist activists who spread out among the country folk attempting to shore up the people’s support for the Soviet regime. However, their attempts failed. Despite the propaganda, ongoing coercion and threats, the people continued to resist through acts of rebellion and outright sabotage. They burned their own homes rather than surrender them. They took back their property, tools and farm animals from the collectives, harassed and even assassinated local Soviet authorities.