Stalin: A Retrospective Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's death 50 years ago ended a brutal dictatorship that swallowed up tens of millions of lives. His historic impact -- from helping stop Hitler to helping launch the Cold War -- is incalculable. Hear NPR's Scott Simon, Sergei Khrushchev (son of the late Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev) and novelist Vassily Aksyonov, whose parents were victims of Stalin's purges.
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Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's death 50 years ago ended a brutal dictatorship that swallowed up tens of millions of lives. His historic impact — from helping stop Hitler to helping launch the Cold War — is incalculable. Hear NPR's Scott Simon, Sergei Khrushchev (son of the late Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev) and novelist Vassily Aksyonov, whose parents were victims of Stalin's purges.