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Stalin: From Patriot to Oppressor

Written by Animus AniKor Saxcian

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Iosef Falls from Faith and turns To Marxism

No one is really certain about what time Iosif's faith had been lost, and superseded with his hope for Marx's utopia, but it had happened at this Theological Seminary somewhere. Iosif and a plethora of other pupils had leagued under intrigue in Marx's work, and the ideals of Marxism. Despite the endeavors of the seminaries administrators, to abolish the ideals of Marxism, Iosif and comrades read a stable diet of anti-establishment literature, including the romantic novels of Victor Hugo, and the works of Charles Jean and Marie Letourneau, a long winded Frenchman who tried to analyze the world through his own radical political views. Iosif would not read the Communist Manifesto until later in life; however, he did read Kvali, the weekly periodical of Georgia's Marxist movement. The revolutionary politics found in these works had a sufficient allurement, thus, by 1896 or '97 he commenced in ascribing himself as a Marxist. His comrades were mutual with his convictions and pursued him into Marxism. By 1898 Iosif had discovered himself deeply devoted to the Marxist movement and inquired Noe Zhordania, leader of the Marxist movement group known as Mesame-Dasi, if he could commit himself into the movement. Zhordania suggested that he fulfill his education; however, Iosif refused, due to his loss of interest in the Seminary and religious beliefs. A year later, in 1899 he failed to take examinations, getting him expelled from the Seminary. As he prepared for the political world, the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party had been founded, creating, for the first time, a party to which all Russian Marxists could belong to. This was perfect for Iosif's timing and he joined immediately.

Winter struck after he left the Seminary. On the 28th, of the frigid month of December, Iosif initiated work as an accountant for the Tiflis Observatory. This will be the only regular employment he will ever participate in; furthermore, this job was little more than a front for his Marxist operations. Many of his comrades at the Observatory were also members of the Social Democratic Party. This allowed him to use the Observatory for hiding secret documents and illegal literatures. He also held covert gatherings here. His time here lasted only one year; although, during this time he made his first political speech on April 23, 1900. He addressed a crowd of nearly 200 workers at their May Day meeting. He was given jurisdiction over disseminating of propaganda among rail workers after his speech. For reason of secrecy, Iosif had taken the name .Koba., after a famous bandit from child hood readings.

Iosef: a Bolshevik Patriot

In 1901, at the end of his year at the Observatory, police raided the building; however Iosif escaped, losing his job and giving him the title of professional revolutionary. For another year he continued work with the Tiflis Social Democratic Party, writing articles and organizing rallies, but was soon expelled from the local branch of the party, for the alienation of his superiors. He then, migrated from Tiflis to the Georgian port of Batum. He joined the local branch of the Social Democratic Party. While he was here, he organized many strikes. On March 9, 1902 Iosif, according to Official Soviet history, organized a demonstration in Batum. At this demonstration police fired upon the crowd of marchers, killing fifteen, and leaving 54 others wounded. Iosif, although it is unsure about what his involvement had been, was convicted and arrested for the demonstration. In November 1903, Iosif was exiled to Novaya Uda.

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