How Stalin became a Generalissimo

How Stalin became a Generalissimo

Before starting a detailed discussion about how Stalin received this rank and how he related to it, we recall that in world practice, as a rule, it was assigned not to commanders, but rather to the most significant statesmen, those who led not only the army, but and the entire warring nation as a whole. However, in Russia this was not so. Stalin was the only Soviet generalissimo, the fifth in a row on Russian soil with such a title. The fourth was the deeply revered supreme Alexander Suvorov.


There is plenty of evidence that Joseph Vissarionovich fought off such honor as best he could. The highest military rank, Generalissimo of the Soviet Union, was awarded to him as the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the USSR by Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the Soviet Union on June 27, 1945. However, according to reports, the first attempts to do this have been made since the beginning of 1943.

In any case, the archives allegedly have a cipher telegram in which several well-known commanders of the Great Patriotic War turn to comrades Malenkov, Molotov, and Beria. Then it was not without a “voice of the people” - a proposal to confer on Stalin the highest rank was made by a team of workers, engineers and technical workers and employees of the Moscow factory “Spring”.

However, before the end of World War II, the Supreme did not want to hear about anything like that. He also became a marshal six months later, Zhukov, 11th in a row in the USSR, and not the first. Moreover, such creeps generally caused the leader the most negative emotions, sometimes leading him almost to a white heat. One of his genuine monologues on this topic has survived, cited by the witness, more than trustworthy, Marshal Konev, in which Stalin curses abusively at the fact that they are trying to slip Generalissimo Franco and Chiang Kai-shek into the company, as well as “they want to expose from marshals to some sort of generalissimo. ” At the same time, the following phrase was also sounded: “You need these titles for authority, and not for Comrade Stalin!” On the “initiative” of the goodwill from “Spring” and similar messages from the front there is invariably the supreme resolution made by the beloved in red pencil: “To the archive!” Joseph Vissarionovich did not intend to give them a move and put into practice categorically.

According to one version, he was able to “trick” him during an impromptu banquet held on June 24, 1945 after the Victory Parade in a tiny small hall near the Mausoleum, where the country's leaders usually fled from the weather during festive events, but decided to mark whip up the greatest event. Some researchers are trying to argue that it was precisely among this feast in a narrow circle that the supreme one gave slack by agreeing to the second Order of Victory, the title of Hero, and even to the heap of generalissimo.

Hence, they say, such “superoperationality” with the introduction of this title by the Supreme Council and its assignment to Stalin. Let me doubt it. After trying to subsequently hand him the Star of the Hero, Stalin simply swore with all his heart. And never in my life have I put it on. Like, by the way, the uniform of the Generalissimo, the attempt to present which for approval almost ended tragically for all participants. Seeing a completely phantasmagoric robe with epaulettes instead of epaulets on which the coat of arms of the USSR and with gold stripes, the Supreme Commander asked only one question: “Who exactly are you going to put on this ?!” It was said in such a tone that the topic itself closed once and for all. Until the end of his life, Stalin wore a marshal's uniform, in which he left this world.

To the extreme, the version of the adoption of the title of Generalissimo by Joseph Vissarionovich seems to be similar to truth, according to which the desperate "runaway" leader of this companion turned for help to his beloved commander of Stalin - Marshal Rokossovsky. And he, taking advantage of the moment, dared to “close the hairpin”: “Like, what is it, Comrade Supreme? You are a marshal, so am I a marshal! In which case, in truth, according to the charter, you cannot punish me ... ”

Of course, only and exclusively Konstantin Konstantinovich could afford such a thing. To someone else, perhaps, Joseph Vissarionovich would vividly explain what he can and what not. And then he simply waved his hand - do what you want. In the end, it was 1945, the greatest was won stories war of mankind, the country is saved. I had every right! We remember and honor Marshalov’s Victory always, but we won’t forget about her generalissimo.
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  1. Crowe 21 May 2020 18: 07 New
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    The highest military rank, Generalissimo of the Soviet Union, was awarded to him as the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the USSR by Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the Soviet Union on June 27, 1945.

    It has been deservedly appropriated.
    1. Civil 21 May 2020 20: 29 New
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      Pf, soon there will be a new generalissimo, as the body ages, the mind leaves the mortal body.
      1. iouris 21 May 2020 21: 44 New
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        Or maybe it will be Boris Johnson?
      2. Johann Klassen 21 May 2020 23: 57 New
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        Will it be you, dear Sovereign?
        Are you older than me?
        1. Kote Pan Kokhanka 22 May 2020 05: 09 New
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          Thanks to Alexander for the essay! Better late than never.
          Regards, Kote!
          1. rich 22 May 2020 06: 02 New
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            Suvorov and Stalin are well-deserved and at the same time not swaggering not only generalissimo but also great historical figures, it is a pity that modern Russia cannot brag of such people today and is unlikely to ever be able to, our rulers and generals have crushed, they are only corrupt, they like to show off and to award each other with not deserved orders, titles and ranks.
      3. Olgovich 22 May 2020 06: 14 New
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        Quote: Civil
        generalissimo, as the body ages the mind leaves mortal body [/ b].

        Those. generalissimo is .... leaving the mind? belay
        Well, you know. it crosses the line ..... request winked
      4. forester1971 22 May 2020 15: 22 New
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        The article was about Stalin. Or are you ready to write in discussions of any article that exactly you are always very worried.
    2. Basil50 22 May 2020 05: 04 New
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      Thanks to the author.
      Only one hurts the eye. In the RUSSIAN tradition, heroes are necessarily mentioned by the name of the patronymic.
      In the SOVIET UNION, this tradition was carefully introduced into culture. Thus, ALL CITIZENS OF THE SOVIET UNION were raised to a level of communication which, before the REVOLUTION, was accessible only to nobles.
      1. rich 22 May 2020 06: 17 New
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        In Russia, the title "Generalissimo" was first granted on June 28, 1696 by Peter I governor Alexei. Semenovich Shein for successful actions near Azov
        Alexey Semenovich Shein
        Aleksey Seyonovich Shein (August 1652 - February 12, 1700) - Russian statesman and military leader, close boyar (from 1695), generalissimo (28.06.1696/XNUMX/XNUMX).

        The last representative of the ancient boyar clan. The only son of the steward Semyon Ivanovich Shein and Evdokia, the daughter of the boyar Prince Ivan Petrovich Pronsky. His great-grandfather Mikhail Borisovich Shein commanded the Russian troops during the Smolensk war of 1632-1634. Russian troops were defeated. Mikhail Shein was accused of treason and executed, and his family was exiled to Simbirsk province.
        As a child, Alexei Shein was present at the execution of Stepan Razin on June 6, 1671. Later, he was present at the coronation of Peter I and Ivan V (in 1682).
        Tsarevna Sofya Alekseevna March 25, 1682 granted Alexei Shein boyar dignity. In the years 1680-1681, Aleksey Shein was governor in Tobolsk and in 1683-1684 in Kursk.
        In 1687-89 he headed the Novgorod discharge regiment, became famous for participation in the Crimean campaigns of 1687 and 1689 and in the Azov campaigns of 1695-1696. During the first unsuccessful Azov campaign, Shein commanded the Preobrazhensky and Semenovsky regiments. During the second Azov campaign, in 1696, he was the commander of the ground forces. For the capture of Azov, Tsar Peter awarded Shein the unprecedented title of Generalissimo in Russia and awarded a gold goblet, which weighed 6-7 pounds. In addition, "for service on a campaign near Azov" by decree of Peter the Great of December 27, 1696, Shein received "in the Alator district, the Baryzh settlement of peasants and mare 305 yards with all the land"
        Later, Peter I appointed Shein the commander in chief of the entire army, commander of artillery, cavalry and the head (judge) of the Inozemsky order. In 1697, Shein served in Azov, supervised the construction of a sea harbor in Taganrog [5]. He had to constantly reflect the raids of the Turks and Tatars. In 1698 he organized the first navigational school in Russia.
        In 1698, Shein participated in the suppression of the Streltsy rebellion. Later, Shein fell out of favor with Peter I because he did not expose the connection between the archers and Princess Sophia. When Peter I began to cut boyar beards, he was the first to cut his beard to Alexei Shein.
        Shein was buried in the Trinity-Sergius Lavra.
        1. rich 22 May 2020 06: 24 New
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          However, there is curious material in the book "Patrick Gordon and his diary" (St. Petersburg, 1878)
          Where P. Gordon writes that "... the Kabardian prince, the senior steward, the boyar. The Novgorod and Moscow commander, confidant and closest associate of the Russian Emperor Peter the Great. The commander-in-chief of the ground forces of Russia Mikhail Alegukovich Cherkassky became the first Russian generalissimo on December 14, 1695. ... "
          So is it, or not, military historians argue to this day
          1. rich 22 May 2020 06: 37 New
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            "Patrick Gordon and his diary" (St. Petersburg, 1878. Publishing House. Typographer. Balashova)
        2. Kote Pan Kokhanka 22 May 2020 06: 27 New
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          The second and third, if I am not mistaken, were Menshikov and Biron!
          Menshikov, as a general, did not pull on the Generalissimo, but he was insanely brave taking personal part in the battles. About Biron, if speaking politically correct, then it is only a personal conjuncture of Mother Empress, daughter of Ivan Alekseevich!
          As his contemporaries used to say, “He (Biron) is more on horseback”!
          1. rich 22 May 2020 06: 44 New
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            Greetings Vladislav hi
            Everything is true, but it must be borne in mind that in 1694, young Peter I appointed Prince Fyodor Yuryevich Romanovsky, in fact the head of the Russian state in the absence of a young king in the capital, Generalissimo of amusing troops. Major Ivan Buturlin, who commanded the battalion as part of the Preobrazhensky amusement regiment, was also awarded the same title.
            1. Kote Pan Kokhanka 22 May 2020 07: 10 New
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              Good morning! Still, Buturin was a generalissimo of amusing ones! In fact, he both commanded the battalion and continued in the future! A similar situation with Romanovsky. In fact, they headed the “Moscow Garrison”, well, or the “group of troops loyal to power”! Shein participated in the rank of leader of the "invasion" troops, and had no other military rank. Later he remained governor in Astrakhan. More precisely, as a viceroy, in the future governors general will receive such powers.
              Interne is a phenomenon of Prince Cherkassky. Gordon, describes this fact in the affirmative, perhaps due to the fact that the first did not show himself on the battlefield, this title was not taken seriously by contemporaries! Unlike Shein !!!
              It is interesting that Peter himself treated the ranks pragmatically and carefully. Passing a quarter century - captain-scorer! And this is against the backdrop of Lefort, Apraskin, Sheremetyev and other generals and admirals!
            2. Senior seaman 22 May 2020 10: 42 New
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              Quote: Rich
              Fedor Yuryevich Romanovsky

              Romodanovsky.
              1. rich 22 May 2020 10: 46 New
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                Senior Sailor (Ivan Ochenkov):
                Romodanovsky.

                Yes, of course, Thanks for the amendment.
                Olepatka, be it not okay
    3. Alekseev 22 May 2020 06: 57 New
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      Quote: Crowe
      It has been deservedly appropriated.

      That's right!
      After all, it was Stalin who was the supreme leader of both the army and the state.
      But ... does this title need such a historical figure?
      After all, not everyone will now say who Stalin was: the party secretary, people's commissar, pre-minister, etc., but everyone knows that he was the leader.
      The article is somewhat naive. Say, some proletarians there proposed to appropriate the Generalissimo, marshals and others petitioned the Supreme Council. wink And Stalin, they say, cursed abusively, he did not want to.
      This is for choppers. Then they did not solve the issues. Stalin was a controversial person, he had achievements and crimes, but he was a man with his weaknesses, albeit small, and although, sometimes, he really cursed abusively, but he did not seriously fight the cult of his personality. Although he did not suffer, of course, the order - and the rank, as L.I. Brezhnev in old age.
      And the son of Vasily, a good guy, but prone to fire water and simply not adequately prepared, made at 24 the general, the commander of the compound, although he knew very well how such generals commanded at the beginning of the WWII. What many powerful have sinned before and after, was no exception.
      1. atos_kin 22 May 2020 16: 16 New
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        Quote: Alekseev

        Stalin was a controversial person, and had achievements and crime.....


        Perhaps you wanted to say "omissions," because the term "crime" is used in judicial practice.
  2. GMM
    GMM 21 May 2020 18: 12 New
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    Yes, there was a great man!

    And there is a modern example, when an unprecedented vote of confidence of the people, almost 100% support, and there is no time left to build the boat ........
    1. neri73-r 21 May 2020 18: 26 New
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      Quote: mmg
      Yes, there was a great man!

      And there is a modern example, when an unprecedented vote of confidence of the people, almost 100% support, and there is no time left to build the boat ........

      I would say - Greatest! The great ones are the Marshals of Victory of the Beetles, Rokosovsky and others ....
      1. tihonmarine 21 May 2020 19: 47 New
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        Quote: neri73-r
        I would say - Greatest! The great ones are the Marshals of Victory of the Beetles, Rokosovsky, etc.

        I agree with every word, without reasoning. Glory to the great leader!
        1. RUSS 21 May 2020 21: 14 New
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          Quote: tihonmarine
          Glory to the great leader!

          Winnet?
      2. slasha 22 May 2020 12: 19 New
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        Extremely accurate and capacious!
    2. Private89 21 May 2020 19: 30 New
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      Just how many do not row in the gallery, if you row for yourself, the result is expected.
      1. neri73-r 21 May 2020 19: 52 New
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        That's why for some reason it seems to me that he is just rowing or trying to row where he needs to, and not for himself (since he perfectly understands that neither he nor his children will be allowed to stay here or anywhere on earth the ball is simply a rich man, they’ll take everything away, they’ll kill, definitely). But his (certainly his) other rowers on this galley, with few exceptions, are rowing just for themselves, hoping to jump off the galley at the end! And the people are looking at this rowing canal with a galley and rowers, and it’s crazy !!!
        1. 210ox 21 May 2020 20: 40 New
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          So if they “take everything away, they will kill for sure”, maybe it’s worth repenting, changing that situation, more precisely, this vertical and the environment created by him. Repeal the clearly anti-popular decree on raising the retirement age., At least for the time being real incomes and the age of survival will not rise, revise taxes, raise industry (not only gas and oil).
        2. tihonmarine 22 May 2020 08: 16 New
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          Quote: neri73-r
          And the people are looking at this rowing canal with a galley and rowers, and it’s crazy !!!

          I would advise no one to get into the galleys.
    3. Azis 21 May 2020 20: 43 New
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      Quote: mmg
      there is a modern example

      The crab seized, having built such a vertical horizontal (or vice versa - horizontal vertical) power that the galley cannot be shaken ... Only a battering ram.
      1. Paranoid50 22 May 2020 00: 57 New
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        Only ram.

        In the form of a "clave", with a mouse on a leash - click-click-click-click ... And it is
        Click, and o-pa: "attack aircraft" under the bench. laughing
  3. iouris 21 May 2020 18: 40 New
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    There is nothing to begging about this question: Rokossovsky correctly posed the problem (or all the Marshals of the war period received this military rank undeservedly). It’s one thing — the supreme leader of the party, another thing — the supreme commander. Given the size of the armed forces, the scope of operations and the outcome of the war, the nomination of the USSR as a world superpower, this was the right organizational and political decision.
    1. ccsr 21 May 2020 20: 10 New
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      Quote: iouris
      There is nothing to begging about this question: Rokossovsky correctly posed the problem (or all the Marshals of the war period received this military rank undeservedly).

      I think that there was no particular problem, and it was not the number of marshals, but simply Stalin, leaving the post of Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, would lose his moral right to receive the title of “Generalissimo” in peacetime, because he became the civilian leader of the state, and he, as a rule such titles are not assigned.
      That is why Rokossovsky completely correctly understood the situation and the fact that it was impossible to hesitate, which is why they insisted that this title should be conferred. No one doubted that it was appropriated rightly, as now hardly anyone doubts the appropriation of this title.
      Quote: iouris
      Given the size of the armed forces, the scope of operations and the outcome of the war, the nomination of the USSR as a world superpower, this was the right organizational and political decision.

      No one doubts this, but do not forget the precedents in our history, when the rank of generalissimo was received by generals, and not reigning persons. Stalin could oppose this also because Nicholas II bore the rank of colonel, because Only the tsar could assign the rank of general, and he did not have the throne at the time of the ascent. And therefore, he considered it inappropriate to raise his rank, but remained with the one that he had before the reign. I think that Stalin was well versed in our history, and perfectly understood that it should be taken into account, which is why he could resist assigning him this title.
  4. Pvi1206 21 May 2020 19: 01 New
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    You need these titles for authority, and not for Comrade Stalin!

    That says it all...
  5. Private89 21 May 2020 19: 02 New
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    You live all living, as if your count
    I did not conduct VTsIOM.
    Well, not your watch at the millionth expense
    Sold the auction.
    Taking with plow in bast shoes, you bequeathed the country
    With a nuclear bomb to us.
    Uncle Joe for them, I think, I’m not lying,
    Enemy number one.

    Let all ideas be razed to the ground,
    Their seeds sprouted roots.
    In the air, the red dawn warmed,
    Echoes "All power to the Soviets!"
  6. Egoza 21 May 2020 19: 03 New
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    Surely HE was worthy! And giggling slyly, I’ll add that neither Churchill nor Roosevelt could have appropriated such a title to themselves! And probably I wanted .... especially to Churchill!
    1. bober1982 21 May 2020 19: 15 New
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      Quote: Egoza
      neither Churchill nor Roosevelt could have appropriated such a title to themselves in any way!

      Stalin, somehow strangely crossed his fingers (in the photo), seems to be showing both of them - a finger for you, and not the title of generalissimo and a look with a slight grin.
      1. Free wind 21 May 2020 20: 42 New
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        Stalin does not show or never showed to anyone, maybe to some, whose mosk is inflamed. It can be seen from the photo that the left hand is already not very healthy, Stalin didn’t hide it especially, how to hide it from his people, but usually he removed his hand, or somehow masked it. In the photographs, you also can’t see what is with his hand. Usually these processes that occur with the hand of Stalin are accompanied by severe pain. The people were great, they were worth each other.
        1. bober1982 21 May 2020 23: 14 New
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          Quote: Free Wind
          whose mosk is inflamed

          I rarely point out spelling mistakes, but managing to make two (!) Mistakes in a word of four (!) Letters is something.
          Therefore, I can’t accept claims about an inflamed brain.
    2. Say Tooth 21 May 2020 21: 29 New
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      Churchill, of course, was not a good person, still that vomit, and Roosevelt was still that fruit ... but that they would like to become generalissimo - this is nonsense. Imagine how they giggle to find out about it.
      1. Egoza 22 May 2020 08: 23 New
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        Quote: Advance Tooth
        Churchill, of course, was not a good person, still that vomit, and Roosevelt was still that fruit ... but that they would like to become generalissimos is nonsense

        Well, nonsense is not nonsense, but why would Churchill see IV Stalin in uniform, ran to dress up in a military jacket?
    3. Olgovich 22 May 2020 06: 25 New
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      Quote: Egoza
      that neither Churchill nor Roosevelt could have appropriated such a title to themselves!

      Why couldn’t they?

      But who would ever think of that?
  7. sergo1914 21 May 2020 19: 23 New
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    let’s not forget about her generalissimo.


    Oh, your words yes to the ears of "samozyayetekom" ...
  8. EVDmitri 21 May 2020 19: 37 New
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    Who else but IV Stalin, under whose leadership the USSR won the hardest war with all of Europe, is he worthy of the title of Generalissimo?
    And who, besides Stalin, would refuse to wear the uniform of a generalissimo ...
    *
    And further. We are building the SSBN "Prince Pozharsky", "Emperor Alesander III" and "Generalissimo Suvorov". It's time to lay another ship - the Generalissimo Stalin!
  9. Ravil_Asnafovich 21 May 2020 19: 48 New
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    Thank you to the author, I think it’s necessary to remove from / such a Khrushchev in / for the general who is for.
  10. FIR FIR 21 May 2020 19: 55 New
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    1947 year
    "In March 1947, at the initiative of IV Stalin, honor courts were created that appeared under the ministries and departments with the aim of responding to" anti-patriotic, anti-state and anti-social actions "committed by leading and party officials in the highest authorities. First of all, such courts were organized by the Ministry of Health, Trade and Finance, which did not apply to ordinary citizens and even to regional authorities, they were aimed only at monitoring the activities of ministry officials. In the first year of the courts' existence, 82 sessions were held. "
    2020 year
    "The State Duma adopted in third reading the government bill on the creation of a single federal register containing information on the country's population. It will track all the important stages of the life of citizens: from birth to death. The registry will be operated by the FEDERAL TAX SERVICE ...."
    Difference....
  11. Say Tooth 21 May 2020 19: 56 New
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    It is regrettable that Stalin could not resist the pressure of good will, temptation, but, apparently, nothing human was alien to him. Really, only this sonorous title was missing him and the company with caudillo. You must admit that to Stalin, "who had utterly lost his glory to the bottom," these luxurious epaulettes were simply useless.
  12. Roman1970_1 21 May 2020 20: 05 New
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    What nonsense. They broke it off and he did not agree.
    If I didn’t want to, then
    once said and would no longer dare to approach him with this
    1. Viktor Sergeev 22 May 2020 08: 29 New
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      It seems so to you because you represent Stalin as a monster. You're wrong. Stalin was wise and understood when it was necessary to perform one or another action, including for influencing the masses.
  13. Doccor18 21 May 2020 20: 13 New
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    Quote: EVDmitri
    Who else but IV Stalin, under whose leadership the USSR won the hardest war with all of Europe, is he worthy of the title of Generalissimo?
    And who, besides Stalin, would refuse to wear the uniform of a generalissimo ...
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    And further. We are building the SSBN "Prince Pozharsky", "Emperor Alesander III" and "Generalissimo Suvorov". It's time to lay another ship - the Generalissimo Stalin!

    Do not be called like that, pride will not give them
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    but rather to the most significant statesmen, those who led not only the army, but the entire belligerent power as a whole.






    1. RUSS 21 May 2020 21: 18 New
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      Quote: bubalik
      but rather to the most significant statesmen, those who led not only the army, but the entire belligerent power as a whole.







      They sewed this uniform, but they did not enter the army of the USSR, but, as they managed to sew, they presented everything to the armies of Mongolia
  15. steelmaker 21 May 2020 20: 25 New
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    If EBN centers are being built, then Stalin deserves more than that!
  16. faterdom 21 May 2020 20: 33 New
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    Seeing a completely phantasmagoric robe with epaulettes instead of epaulets on which the coat of arms of the USSR and with gold stripes, the Supreme Commander asked only one question: “Who exactly are you going to put on this ?!”

    Grachev would be appropriated - he would not refuse. Neither from the epaulette, nor from the shako, and the rest of the feathers I would put on joyfully.
    Eh. Like three different people: Grachev before, Grachev during ..., and Grachev after.
  17. Charlie 21 May 2020 21: 03 New
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    Quote: EVDmitri
    Who else but IV Stalin, under whose leadership the USSR won the hardest war with all of Europe, is he worthy of the title of Generalissimo?
    And who, besides Stalin, would refuse to wear the uniform of a generalissimo ...
    *
    And further. We are building the SSBN "Prince Pozharsky", "Emperor Alesander III" and "Generalissimo Suvorov". It's time to lay another ship - the Generalissimo Stalin!

    Let's call Malyuta Skuratov another submarine
    1. Johann Klassen 22 May 2020 00: 22 New
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      I suggest that your "nickname" be called a dead end in the city of Finsterwald, in Germany.
      Do you mind?
  18. Old Horseradish 21 May 2020 21: 09 New
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    In fact, the title of Generalissimo is from the history of Imperial Russia. To get it, you must be a nobleman at least and serve in the imperial army. Why all this was necessary to the red leader is not clear. At least one of the marshals of the Soviet Union did not like this very much and Stalin did not wear this title for long. I mean the Mingrelian affair.
  19. lot
    lot 21 May 2020 21: 24 New
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    Like the disrespectful title of the article .. so to speak.
  20. ruben morelli 21 May 2020 21: 31 New
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    Eternal glory to the great Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin.!
  21. Johann Klassen 22 May 2020 00: 10 New
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    For a certain part of the so-called “liberal citizens of the world and Russia”, for some reason calling themselves “elite”, the mere mention of the name of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Soviet Union I.V. Stalin is crazy.
    And by the way, everything connected with the Great Patriotic War, the Great Victory and everything that at least remotely symbolizes the Soviet, socialist and communist causes seizures of insanity and undisguised malice.
    Yes, and the current "holding power", including the current Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the President of the Russian Federation V. Putin, all Soviet "across the eggs."
  22. Nikolaevich I 22 May 2020 01: 05 New
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    Are there generalissimuses on VO? what Is there anything else to strive for? winked
  23. Cer59 22 May 2020 01: 43 New
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    And it is wonderful article, and facts and humor and edification!
  24. certero 22 May 2020 04: 58 New
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    Quote: EVDmitri
    It's time to lay another ship - the Generalissimo Stalin!

    Can you imagine what will happen to our so-called partners? :)
  25. certero 22 May 2020 04: 59 New
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    Quote: Charlie
    Let's call Malyuta Skuratov another submarine

    Malyuta Skuratov, incidentally, died personally leading the storm of an enemy city.
    1. andrew42 22 May 2020 13: 35 New
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      And you can call the submarine. Noting all the "mounted dogs" on Malyuta (through the efforts of the intriguing boyars), the conclusion suggests itself that the man was worthy. The fact that Malyuta’s relative, Martha Sobakina, was poisoned after 2 weeks as she became queen, says a lot about the “fifth column” of that time and the mores of “fighters against absolutism”. The sisters of Malyuta are married to Boris Godunov and Vasily Shuisky, the latter cannot be suspected of any sympathy for the "bloody" guardsmen. Fidelity to the sovereign, intransigence to traitors and draggers of Russia (I deliberately call it that, because it was no longer Rus-Muscovy, but stepped beyond the Urals), death in the battle for the motherland - this is a track record. A submarine is not a submarine, but the frigate "Grigory Skuratov-Belsky" would have looked very brutal.
  26. Viktor Sergeev 22 May 2020 08: 27 New
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    Stalin is worthy, definitely.
  27. Engineer 22 May 2020 11: 08 New
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    Molotov is well written about this.
  28. high 22 May 2020 18: 55 New
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    The highest military rank, Generalissimo of the Soviet Union, was awarded to him as the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the USSR by Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the Soviet Union on June 27, 1945.

    We must not forget that, due to Stalin’s mistakes, hundreds of thousands of Soviet troops were captured and killed.
    It is enough to recall the captivity of 650.000 groups of the South-Western Front, during the defense of Kiev.
    The Chief of the General Staff Zhukov wrote in his memoirs: he reported to Stalin about the need to withdraw troops, but was removed from his post and replaced by Shaposhnikov.

    Stalin cannot be forgiven for the speech of 1931 about the weakness of Russian weapons, to which foreign historians refer:
    “The history of old Russia was that it was continuously beaten.
    They beat everyone. Mongol khans. Turkish beks. Polish-Lithuanian pans, Anglo-French capitalists. They beat the Japanese barons. They beat for everything and constantly.
    They beat everyone for cultural backwardness, for state backwardness, for industrial backwardness. They beat him because it was profitable and went off with impunity.

    Remember the words of the pre-revolutionary poet: "You are miserable, you are plentiful, you are powerful, you are powerless, mother Russia." These words of the old poet were well memorized by these gentlemen.
    Such is the law of the exploiters — to beat the backward and the weak. Wolf's law of capitalism. ,,

    Joseph Stalin, "Questions of Leninism." 1934 year. Page 445.
    https://www.marxists.org/russkij/stalin/t13/t13_06.htm
    1. Jünger 25 May 2020 22: 33 New
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      From this Georgian generalissimo, as from Kadyrov academician. The head of state and military leader, for whom 30 million citizens were killed and who killed more than one million on his own, you must try to forget about him, not pour praise. But, as Dzhugashvili himself said, "People need a god." That's sculpted.
  29. Petrol cutter 22 May 2020 22: 17 New
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    Oh! How Stalin became a Generalissimo! Wow, how did he become! ..
    How could such a case happen brother?! ..
    Apparently Uncle Stalin was doing the thing, and he was thinking thoughts ?!
    How else- did the generalissimo become a brother ?!
  30. The author writes more than court gossip, not understanding the historical significance of the rank of Generalissimo, and that the marshal cannot punish the marshal with fiction and not knowledge of military regulations, with equal ranks there is also a higher position that allows to encourage and punish subordinates. And the title of Generalissimo was awarded and only subject to certain rules was recognized regardless of state. In order to get this rank, the commander had to not lose a single military company (Peter 1 could no longer, because he was captured), then if he carried out command of several armies in the coalition, i.e. had subordinate foreign armies or units, or having subordinate princes of blood and their equal (of any state). So the same Shein was subordinate to neither more nor less, but Peter the Great himself, who was a gunner. And that he participated incognito does not abolish the requirements (there are cases in history and it’s easier).
    Alexander Menshikov was honored with his highest military ranks after the death of the crowned patron. By that time, he had actually ruled the country, managed to first enthrone the Empress Dowager Catherine I, and then retained his influence even during the reign of Peter II - the grandson of Peter I. It was by his decree that May 6, 1727, Menshikov was promoted to full admiral, and six days later, on May 12, to the generalissimo. Although during the life of Peter 1, Menshikov was the commander of the entire cavalry, where Peter Alekseev (Peter 1) was a colonel, I think the same is clear with Suvorov.
    Now consider Stalin, the war is won, under the command of the Polish army of people, the French legions, Yugoslav units, Hungarian units, etc., etc. Under the leadership of the king and prime ministers and presidents, etc. And politically, Russia has advanced far to the West. The question is different, what is the title of Generalissimo in comparison with what Stalin had, the largest territory in the world and one of the many nations. He was above all the commanders (all power was in his hands), and above all the nomenclature of the country combined, Genghis Khan and Attila, and many other generals and politicians could only dream of such power. It is just that until now no one has ever realized all his greatness, he just didn’t need it. A diamond shines in the mud, for some it’s cold, and for someone with hope.
    1. Jünger 25 May 2020 22: 37 New
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      Quote: Stories Sergey Ivanovich
      It is just that until now no one has ever realized all his greatness, he just didn’t need it.

      Yeah, for the 30 million citizens of their own, this “diamond” has lost. Neither Genghis Khan nor Attilla have achieved this. The entire European part of Russia is in ruins.
  31. Andrey Krasnoyarsky 24 May 2020 15: 41 New
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    In general, the generalissimo is not a title (it was not in the Peter's table of ranks, nor in the Soviet hierarchy of ranks), but rather an honorary title. It is traditionally assigned to the commanders who led the armies of several states or led the armed forces of a country fighting in the coalition. Suvorov was a generalissimo, since at one time he commanded the combined Russian-Austrian army. Stalin was the leader of the armed forces of the country that fought in the coalition. In addition to them, in our history there were three more generalissimo - Shein, Menshikov and Anton-Ulrich Braunschweig. Aleksey Shein received this rank for taking Azov rather as an honorary award than a real title for the reason that in Russia this title simply did not exist. The latter two became generalissimo not for military victories, but for participating in palace intrigues. And they were deservedly subsequently deprived of this title. By the way, Biron was never a generalissimo. Its ceiling is the rank of general-general.