Joseph Stalin

The Underground Years

Summary The Underground Years

It was during this exile that the Bolshevik-Menshevik divide finally split the Social Democrats, as Lenin and his fellow Bolsheviks founded their own party in January 1912, at the Prague Conference. Given the power to appoint his own men to the new party's Central Committee, Lenin selected Stalin: the choice may have been a testament to the impression that the young "Koba" had made; but given how little Lenin knew about the yellow-eyed Georgian, it may also have been an indication of the lack of talent in the Bolshevik ranks.

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